Scotland invests £78m to help construction sector return to work

house constructionMore than £78 million is to be invested into the construction sector as part of a new Return to Work package to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scottish Housing News writes:

Funded by the reallocation of underspends from schemes interrupted by COVID-19, the £230m initiative covers construction, low carbon projects, digitisation and business support and will provide a flow of work for businesses and support jobs. The £78m construction spend includes £40m for regeneration projects and £20m for roads maintenance.

Other new projects featured in the package include:

  • £51m for business support, including boosting high growth companies
  • £66m to kick-start Scotland’s green recovery, including £7m to equip buses for physical distancing and the return to work
  • £35.5m for digitisation, including justice and education services

Finance secretary Kate Forbes announced the package yesterday as she opened a Scottish Parliament debate on the financial implications of COVID-19…

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