The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is inviting all interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the rural economy and connectivity in Scotland.
The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity on the resilience of transport services and networks in Scotland during the current COVID-19 outbreak at its meeting on 18 March 2020. You can access the papers related to this meeting here, the Official Report of proceedings here and the video of this session here.
The Committee subsequently took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity and the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism on the impact of COVID-19 on their respective portfolios at a virtual meeting of the Committee on 13 May 2020.
You can access the papers related to this meeting here, the Official Report of proceedings here and the video of this session here.
The REC Committee plans to host further evidence sessions with ministers as the Scottish Government’s response to the current COVID-19 emergency and the specific impacts on Scotland’s rural economy and connectivity continue to develop.
Your response to this call for evidence will help to inform members about the specific issues and questions they should be raising at these future meetings with ministers.
A call for evidence was published on 21 May 2020 and closed on 21 August. However, if you have relevant evidence to submit, the Committee is now running a separate call for evidence on the financial implications of COVID-19 for the rural economy and connectivity. For more details, please refer here
As the situation with respect to COVID-19 and implications for the policy areas falling within the Committee’s remit continue to develop, the Committee will keep these matters under close review and may reopen this general call for evidence or launch a new call for evidence as deemed most appropriate at the time.