COVID-19 – impact on Scotland’s businesses, workers and the economy


About the Inquiry

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is here and ready to listen to your views at this challenging time. We are keen to hear from you on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, workers and the economy in Scotland.

We will reflect information received from you in our future work looking at the support that is being made available to businesses and workers and other measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the virus. This will also be the focus of the Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget.

At its meeting on 24 March, the Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture on the impact of COVID-19. 

Following the evidence session, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary. The Cabinet Secretary responded on 10 April.

The Committee will invite the Cabinet Secretary to give further evidence in due course. Please contact the Committee if you wish to share your views.  There is no set timescale for this; please get in touch when it suits you and if you wish.

Please send your response by email to: [email protected].

Please note that in most cases your written submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament’s website and may be quoted in a report or correspondence by the Committee or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast).  

If you wish to request that your submission be published without your name, please contact the Clerks at the following email address: [email protected].

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.


Written Submissions received 


On 16 April the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

The Cabinet Secretary responded on 25 April. HM Treasury responded on 11 May.

On 6 May the Committee wrote to the banks regarding support being offered by banks to businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.


On 11 May the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture seekng an update on a number of points.The Cabinet Secretary replied on 22 May.

On 26 May, the Committee wrote to Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

On 29 May the Committee received a letter from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

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