Lockdown misalignment

Sturgeon says Holyrood may need new borrowing powers

Sturgeon: ‘we need to be able to do it ourselves’

Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland would apply for new borrowing powers if its lockdown lasted beyond the dates set by the Treasury for providing support to UK companies and workers.

The chancellor on Friday set out a timetable for winding down the furlough scheme and the levels of support available, but he made no reference to the different lockdown timings in the four nations.

Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, noted thast the UK government’s new tapered approach to the furlough scheme is not aligned with the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.

At her briefing today, Ms Sturgeon insisted there must be an ability to respond to increases in transmission, either nationally or locally.

She said discussions with the Treasury are ongoing and will continue.

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