COVID-19: Impact on businesses and workers

Closed 31 Jul 2020

Opened 3 Jul 2020

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Overview

COVID-19: Impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases

The Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee will continue to focus on the impact of COVID-19 in the autumn and invites you to submit evidence on the specific issues outlined below:

This specific consultation focuses on the impact on businesses and workers as lockdown eases. Please only answer the questions you have a view on.

  1. The Scottish Government’s economic response is based on 4 Rs – Response, Reset, Restart and Recovery.  

    1. Are you satisfied with this approach so far, in terms of business support?
    2. What support can the Scottish Government provide going forward?
    3. Should the ongoing response be tailored for different sectors, regions and local areas across Scotland?
    4. What can be learned from the response so far?
  2. What insight can you provide on how businesses are operating once re-opened in terms of
    1. operating at what level of capacity compared to pre-lockdown levels
    2. staff levels – how have these changed pre and post lockdown
    3. impact on business viability? 
  3. What levels of debt have been taken on by businesses during the crisis? How sustainable is this debt for businesses? What measures should be taken to help businesses deal with higher levels of debt?
  4. Do employers need support in adopting fair work practices at this time? 
  5. Is the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy (based on 4 Is) and Economic Action Plan, which both guide enterprise agency activities, still applicable in the current economic crisis? If changes are needed, what should they be? 
  6. What is the impact of the economic crisis on international trade and exports? What is needed to boost this activity? What assistance is needed by businesses and workers to deal with Brexit in the context of the economic crisis?
 

How to submit your views

Please submit your views via the submission form, linked to below.

The call for views will close on Friday 31 July 2020.

If you need advice, please contact the Clerks on the email address:  economy@parliament.scot

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.  If you are under 12 years of age, please read this privacy notice.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

economy@parliament.scot

Why We Are Consulting

This is part of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee’s ongoing inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s economy, including businesses and workers.  The Committee issued an open call for views after the crisis began; we thank those who have already submitted evidence. This has helped inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish and UK Governments’ response to the crisis. More information on the Committee’s work to date can be found here.

How to submit your views
Please submit your views via the submission form, linked to below.

The call for views will close on Friday 31 July 2020.

If you need advice, please contact the Clerks on the email address: economy@parliament.scot

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice (pdf) about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.  If you are under 12 years of age, please read this privacy notice (pdf).

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

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