Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson says SNP Government must provide clear guidance for employees and employers returning to work

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Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has backed calls that the SNP Government must provide clear guidance and support to help them return to work.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comers after a survey from the Scottish Chamber of Commerce showed that while 58% of businesses said they would need less than a week to get back up and running after any easing of lockdown restrictions, 69% said they needed clear guidance and support from the Government.

Mr Carson says that while he understands that scientific evidence may show the need for a slower easing of lockdown in Scotland, there is no excuse for the SNP Government not to have policies in place to help them come out of the current restrictions in the right manner when it is safe to do so.

Mr Carson has also written to SNP Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to ask for a health and safety risk assessment form to assist businesses operate safe working practices and give clear guidance to employees.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Of course we must ensure that we come out of lockdown in the right manner and the safety of employees must be at the forefront of that.

“It is welcome to see that almost 60 per cent of businesses surveyed indicated that they will only need a week or so to get back up and running after being in lockdown.

“However, almost 70 per cent of them have called for clear guidance and support to be given to them which I fully support.

“I have written to the SNP’s Health Secretary calling for a robust health and safety assessment form to be given to employers and employees to ensure that they feel safe in return to their workplaces.

“There is absolutely no excuse for the SNP Government for not outlining this guidance as a matter of urgency.

“Businesses have now reached the point where many of them feel able to get back up and running quickly, but they must be guided by Government in doing so.”