Motion ref. S6M-00057
Supporting Recovery in the Retail Sector
Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Alexander Burnett, Foysol Choudhury, Bob Doris, Mark Griffin, Monica Lennon, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Paul O'Kane, Colin Smyth, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Achieved cross-party support
That the Parliament notes the recent figures published by the Scottish Retail Consortium indicating that retail sales remain significantly below pre-pandemic levels; remains concerned that, given retail is the largest sector of employment within the private sector, continued depressed sales levels could have major consequences on employment levels, suppliers to the sector and, consequently, the wider economy; considers that local communities rely on local high streets in South Edinburgh and across Scotland, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to extend support to the sector and to work with trade unions and retail businesses to ensure an effective recovery plan is put in place for this vital sector.