Lothian MSP criticises Scottish Government’s ban on non-essential construction work

This week, as thousands of construction workers in England head back to work, construction firms in Scotland can only look on in frustration as the Scottish Government have yet to lift their ban on “non-essential” construction work. 

Despite firms promising to enforce social distancing rules on construction sites, the Scottish Government is choosing to go down a different route than the UK Government by insisting that only essential construction work is carried out, a decision that is being heavily criticised by the Scottish Conservatives.

Lothian MSP, Jeremy Balfour, who is the Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Social Security, challenged the Scottish Government on their decision during Virtual Member’s Question Time on Thursday.

Commenting further Mr Balfour has said:

“While health has to be the priority of both the UK and Scottish Government, it is vital that - where social distancing rules can be adhered to - businesses and industries can start to get back on their feet.

“In the case of the construction industry, building firms across Scotland are telling the Scottish Government about plans they have in place that will allow their staff to go back to work, while still ensuring that health and safety guidelines are met. However, these firms are being ignored.

“The Scottish Government have not given an adequate reason as to why they are taking a different approach than the UK Government, and in doing so they are causing unnecessary damage to the economy and could see some firms go out of business as a result.”