Date lodged: 31 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how the finance secretary will ensure that the Budget supports local businesses.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 7 February 2018
The Budget delivers the most attractive system of business rates in the UK, a new £150 million Building Scotland Fund and investment of over £4 billion of infrastructure. We will be allocating £600 million of investment in our R100 programme to extend superfast broadband access to every home and business across Scotland. And the budget provides a 64 per cent uplift in funding for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work portfolio, including £2.4 billion for our enterprise and skills bodies.
These major investments will underpin our focus on innovation, infrastructure and investment, internationalisation and inclusive growth.