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Response to the Scottish Government’s Plan for Economic Transformation

In response to the Scottish Government’s plan for Economic Transformation, Professor Ronald MacDonald, the chairman of Our Scottish Future’s Economic Commission said:

“This report provides a widely known and understood diagnosis of the problems facing the Scottish economy but, on solutions, it is simply a rehash of all the failed scripts we have seen since 2007. The only new detail is an update to include the net zero economy and the role of natural capital”.

“Given all the various groups and forums that seem to be already in place to address these issues it seems surprising that we need a report like this to go over the same ground.”

“The kind of substantive issues we need to discuss are simply not there.”

“There is also no mention at all of any plans either to cooperate or coordinate with the UK Government such as on R+D funding, export guarantees, levelling up funding, or sector and city deals.”

“We believe that what is required is a far more detailed plan to raise productivity and increase economic growth.”

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