Covid Recovery and Reform Bill

The Scottish Conservatives have serious concerns about this Bill, which we believe amounts to an unwarranted and unacceptable power grab by the SNP Government.

Whilst there may be measures in this Bill that are sensible long-term reforms, it would place far too much power in the hands of Scottish Government ministers. 

Although it was necessary to create these powers as a temporary measure in response to the emergency caused by the pandemic, it is completely inappropriate for ministers to try and keep these on a permanent basis.

Some of the most worrying proposals include the power to close schools and to release prisoners early, which ministers would be able to do without parliamentary approval. 

Anyone who wants a fair, accountable and democratic government should be appalled by these proposals, regardless of their political position.

The Scottish Conservatives will be opposing this bill, which is an unnecessary and unwarranted attack on our democracy.