Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, urged the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, to ensure that local authorities received additional guidance so that key workers receive the support they needed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was following reports that category two key workers such as police officers and food retail and pharmacy staff did not have access to childcare provision, making it difficult for them to continue to carry out their jobs.
Jackie Baillie said:
“We all know how important it is to ensure that our key workers are able to carry out their work at this time. Individuals such as those working within the police force and the pharmacy and food retail sector are risking their health in order to ensure that we are protected and supported during this uncertain time. The least the government can do is to make sure they can access childcare so that they can keep working.
“I have called on the Deputy First Minister to work alongside local authorities so that no key worker is left at a disadvantage while they carry out work which will hugely benefit each and every one of us.”