Richard Leonard has criticised the SNP government for ignoring scientific advice on coronavirus lockdown restrictions and argued that the new measures have “resulted in ambiguity and confusion” for Scottish people.
The Scottish Labour leader declared that the government had imposed new rules without any “engagement of those affected” in response to a Holyrood statement on the pandemic made by Nicola Sturgeon today.
Commenting on the scientific advice, Scottish Labour leader Leonard said: “We have seen the minutes of the SAGE [the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies] meeting of the 21st September attended by Scottish government advisors.
“We now know that they concluded that over the next six to nine months multiple circuit breakers may be needed. And to be effective, measures must be in their words “consistent”, “without ambiguity or contradiction”, that they should be equality proofed and in their words “co-produced” with “the early engagement of those most likely to be affected”.
“Despite this, the First Minister last week chose measures, which were imposed with no engagement of those affected, that have resulted in ambiguity and confusion, and which will hit hardest those on the lowest incomes.”