Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has said that SNP Budget plans to ensure a strong start for the Scottish National Investment Bank, and its mission to drive the transition to a net zero economy, will encourage economic growth across Scotland.

The 2020/21 Budget, set out by SNP Finance Minister Kate Forbes, will provide £220 million of fresh seed funding to help Scotland meets its ambitious climate change targets, by financing companies and projects in South Lanarkshire which are working towards the achievement of net-zero emissions.

The Scottish National Investment Bank is on track to become fully operational during 2020 following parliamentary approval at Stage 3 of the Bill in January 2020.Scottish National Investment Bank.jpg

Commenting, Christina said:

“The Scottish National Investment Bank has the potential to transform communities here in South Lanarkshire, help us reach our world-leading climate targets, and ensure Scotland’s economy is fit for the future.

“Operating within a core set of principles, the bank will increase investment in local businesses and community projects in South Lanarkshire that are looking to play their part in tackling the climate crisis and reach net-zero emissions.

“We know that small businesses are the backbone of our communities in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, and I hope that opposition MSPs can get behind these plans to support business, boost our local economy, and drive Scotland towards a low carbon economy.