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This week in Parliament I demanded answers from the Finance Secretary Kate Forbes on how much of the Barnett consequentials for 2020-21 had been formally allocated. Businesses in Aberdeen and throughout the north east are on their knees and are desperate to receive the support that the SNP has repeatedly promised. Figures published this week show that only seven out of 30 funds have even been launched. The SNP has already received the necessary funding from the UK Government and must get their act together so that businesses in the north east can access these badly-needed funds without further delay.
I spoke out over Bank of Scotland’s plans to close branches throughout the north east, including in Tullos. The current restrictions are particularly tough but when we emerge, there simply must be accommodation for our elderly and vulnerable, many of whom are not able to do online banking and are more at risk of being targeted by scams. While I am glad staff have been relocated and kept their jobs, many elderly customers now face a two-hour walk, or an hour round trip on the bus to and from the city centre. I understand some of the reasons for the closures, but it is vital shared banking hub options are explored by the banks to serve our communities.
On Wednesday 27th January, I will be holding a session over zoom between 7-8pm to discuss the latest developments in Holyrood, justice and the SNP’s continuing failures. This will be followed by a short Q&A. If you would like to attend, please contact email@example.com.
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Alexander Burnett MSP calls for the SNP’s Covid-19 vaccination plan to be more transparent
Many people have contacted me with concerns regarding the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. For those who work in care homes but not as clinical staff – such as cleaners and kitchen staff – it is great news that you are now included in Priority Group 1.
Whilst the Scottish Government’s deployment plan was removed from their website, you can view a statement from the Health Secretary at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-19-vaccination-plan-1/
If you are in Priority Group 1 or 2 and have not received your vaccination - or a letter detailing when you will receive it – by the 1st of February please get in touch with me.
Many questions on the SNP’s plans with the vaccination programme remain and I will keep people updated on the vaccination roll-out as and when we find out more from the Scottish Government.
As always, if you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.