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. 

The Committee has an ongoing inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s economy, including businesses and workers. The Committee issued an open call for views after the crisis began; we thank those who have already submitted evidence. This has helped inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish and UK Governments’ response to the crisis. COVID-19 will also be the focus of the Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget. 

You can read the written submissions received so far here:

Written Submissions received

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 held further evidence sessions on Monday 18 May Friday 29 May and Tuesday 2 June.

The Committee has now published the next phase of its inquiry work. This is outlined below under the Evidence heading. If you still wish to get in touch in response to our open call for views, please email: [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.

Evidence

The Committee is now seeking your views on the following issues to inform the next phase of its work on its COVID-19 inquiry: 

Each of these bullet points links to an online consultation, with separate questions on each issue. You are invited to address whichever matters are relevant to you. There is no need to answer all the questions; only answer those that you have a view on.

The Committee would like to hear from young people on the impact of COVID-19. You can submit your views via our digital tool.

The deadline for responses is Friday 31 July

Correspondence

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.

Responses:

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.The Chief Secretary responded on 5 June. The Committee wrote again to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 16 June. The Chief Secretary responded on 29 June.

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

Energy Transition Fund

On 12 June, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture wrote to the Committee to inform it of the Energy Transition Fund.

Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

On 19 June the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture wrote to the Committee ahead of the publication of the group's report: Scotland Needs a Robust, Resilient Economy: The Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Om 30 June the Committee wrote to Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture regarding the Scottish  Government's intention to respond to the group's report. The Cabinet Secretary responded on 2 July.

On 30 June the Committee wrote to the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask whether the UK Government intend to produce an economic recovery plan.

Parliamentary Engagement on Green Recovery

On 24 June the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee provided an update on recent developments in relation to green recovery and the work of the Committee.

 
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