Return To Work Package Launched By Scottish Government

A £230 million Return to Work package has been unveiled to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The initiative covers construction, low carbon projects, digitisation and business support and will provide a flow of work for businesses and support jobs. It is funded by the reallocation of underspends from schemes interrupted by COVID-19.

New projects featured in the package include:

  • £51 million for business support, including boosting high growth companies;
  • £78 million for construction, including £40 million for regeneration projects and £20 million for roads maintenance;
  • £66 million to kick-start our green recovery, including £7 million to equip buses for physical distancing and the return to work; and
  • £35.5 million for digitisation, including justice and education services.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced the package today as she opened a Scottish Parliament debate on the financial implications of COVID-19. She also sought Parliament’s support for the Scottish Government’s call to be granted additional financial powers to manage the crisis.

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