Date lodged: 17 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Homebase following reports that it is planning to close 10 of its stores in Scotland.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 4 September 2018
I have written to Homebase outlining my concerns about the closure of the Homebase stores in Scotland and seeking reassurances that staff will have access to the full range of support services for those facing redundancy.
The Scottish Government's PACE team have already been in touch with Homebase to offer its full support to staff in all affected areas.
We continue to monitor the situation very closely and in the unfortunate event of any employees facing redundancy, we will provide support for the affected individuals through our PACE initiative. By providing skills development and employability support, PACE aims to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work.