The comments made by Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland, on 18 December 2020.
Today’s figures show again the significant challenge we face to recover from the economic shock of the covid pandemic.
The UK Government continues to take unprecedented action to support jobs and business in Scotland. Yesterday, the Chancellor announced a further extension of furlough and business loan schemes, and we continue to support self-employed people and hardest-hit sectors with VAT cuts. The direct support is on top of £9.5 billion in additional funding from the UK Government to the Scottish Government.
As we look ahead to the new year, we will continue investing billions in our Plan for Jobs, supporting City and Region growth deals in Scotland, and driving green recovery and jobs.
The strength of the Union and the support offered by the UK Treasury have never been more important. Together, we will continue to get through these challenging times.