Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has urged both the Scottish and UK Governments to read and act on the plans for economic recovery which were released today in Our Scottish Future’s latest report.

Our Scottish Future – the think-tank headed by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown – has released a report titled ‘Rebuilding Together’ which details how the Scottish and UK governments can and should work together to support those worst affected by the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report lays out how both governments can get targeted support into the parts of the economy that most urgently need it with sufficient speed to avoid a jobs catastrophe. It recommends that the Scottish and UK governments should focus on extending the Job Retention Scheme beyond the end of October for local areas forced into lockdown. It also recommends that the UK and Scottish governments should agree special ‘Sector Deals’ for the three worst hit sectors – tourism, retail and construction, including support for part-time work. The report also calls for a fully funded jobs guarantee scheme for young people, with more apprenticeships, and work programmes for all.

Jackie Baillie has repeatedly called for more support to be given to those who find themselves unemployed and in financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic. She has also consistently called for sector specific support to protect the many jobs and businesses within the tourism industry – one of the biggest sectors in her constituency.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“The plans that Our Scottish Future lay out offer a clear and measured approach to tackling the social and economic devastation that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused – and continues to cause – to our community.

“Our economy has been badly hit beyond anything I have experienced in my life time and it is vital that lasting support is in place to protect those who will continue to suffer without secure employment for the months and years to come. I particularly welcome the call for tailored support to be given to the tourism industry. Our local economy relies hugely on tourism and local employees and business owners in this sector will suffer the effects of this crisis long after other sectors have recovered.

“I urge both the Scottish and UK governments to work together and put these plans into action for the sake of workers and industries here in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh.”

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