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Statement on Economic Recovery Report

Press Release

Commenting on the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery – ‘Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland’, Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said:

“A successful economic recovery for Scotland is crucial for our rural communities, some of whom have been hit particularly hard during the Covid-19 pandemic because tourism and hospitality provide a large part of their income and employment.

“While short-term cash injections have been essential, they alone will not ensure a sustainable recovery for businesses, so we are pleased that several of the recommendations in the report include suggestions we put forward in our written evidence to the advisory group. These include the need for improved connectivity and digital infrastructure and affordable homes in rural areas; VAT reduction for tourism businesses as well as favourable business rates; and understanding the importance of vocational training and upskilling the workforce. It is also commendable that the report recognises protecting and enhancing our natural capital is crucial for the environment and as a source of income for businesses. This is something we have been calling for.

“We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to take forward these recommendations to ensure rural Scotland thrives.”

Read the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery – ‘Towards a Robust, Resilient Wellbeing Economy for Scotland’ on the Scottish Government website.