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Scottish firms want local infrastructure boost following Autumn Statement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Today Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement. 

Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “UK small business confidence is at its lowest ebb for four years. Governments in Edinburgh and London must do all they can to give firms and local economies a shot in the arm.

“Money spent at the petrol pump can’t be spent elsewhere. Mitigating the impact of the decline in sterling with an ongoing fuel duty freeze is a smart move. However, pressing ahead with another substantial increase to the National Living Wage will keep pressure up on sectors like retail and social care.

“The Chancellor is right to get trade moving by addressing shortcomings in local infrastructure. Any additional monies coming to Scotland should be used for public works that deliver for local economies.

“With one in three local roads in Scotland in an unacceptable condition, we’re looking for the Scottish Government to step up. Scotland has much poorer mobile coverage than England. UK Government efforts to boost coverage through 5G must deliver for firms in Stirling and Sutherland, as well as those in Shoreditch. While we strongly support Scottish Government plans to deliver universal superfast broadband, much more needs to be done to ensure Scotland doesn’t get left behind.”

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