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Longannet Task Force

Published: 22 Mar 2016 09:55

Joint work continues on Economic Recovery Plan.

The Scottish Government and Fife Council continue to work together to mitigate the impact of the early closure of Longannet power station.

In a letter to Fife Council leader David Ross, Business Minister Fergus Ewing outlined the actions being taken by the Scottish Government in Fife and other areas affected by the closure - Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and North Ayrshire.

The Longannet Task Force, jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and Fife Council, continues to look at what is needed what is already being provided and what more can be done to bring more investment to the area.

In the letter to Councillor Ross, Mr Ewing said:

"We are committed to supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth across Scotland. Our continued investment in infrastructure, regeneration and business support is helping to support economic growth and safeguard jobs across Fife, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and North Ayrshire.

"We are making substantial investments in health facilities, education facilities, and road and rail projects and it is that sort of commitment that helps build the wider resilience and opportunities in the economy. Communities across the area have benefited from our regeneration funds.

"In establishing the Task Force, we recognised the need to work together to respond to the impact of the closure of Longannet. Your letter seemed to take very little notice of the commitment I gave at our last meeting that the Scottish Government would work with all Task Force members to explore how to deliver initiatives that would support people, business and communities most affected by the early closure of Longannet.

"Those detailed discussions are essential to identifying what can be delivered, drawing on existing resources and activities and building on the wider investment in the area. As the co-chair of the Task Force, I look forward to your commitment to supporting that process positively to ensure it delivers the best outcomes for those affected by the closure."