Nicola Sturgeon yesterday warned Labour’s oil tax would cost north-east jobs but declined to give a cast-iron commitment to oppose the plan during Westminster talks.
Glasgow has pledged to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK.
Scotland’s share of North Sea tax revenues jumped to £1.4billion in the last year, according to latest tax and spending figures.
The First Minister has been questioned on the Scottish Government’s support of offshore safety following a series of reports outlining concerns.
The first minister has vowed to maximise the opportunities for the Scottish economy from the dismantling of North Sea oil platforms.
The north and north-east could be in line to benefit from a boom in oil and gas decommissioning jobs.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a “detailed action” plan will be presented to the Treasury before next month’s budget, including calls for further tax measures.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday insisted oil workers are finding new jobs as she ploughed £25million into supporting the industry – despite claims the intervention is a year too late. The SNP leader said the energy taskforce set up a year ago had engaged with more than 2,500 workers, but did not elaborate on how many had gained new employment as a result.
Workers who face losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector will be helped to move into other employment in the energy industry and manufacturing through a new £12million fund announced by Scotland’s First Minister.
Scotland’s First Minister has called on the UK Government to lower taxes on the oil and gas industry in the forthcoming March Budget. Nicola Sturgeon said Chancellor George Osborne should take “urgent action” to protect jobs in the North Sea as she convened a special session of the Scottish Cabinet in Edinburgh. Ms Sturgeon said Finance Secretary John Swinney would seek an urgent meeting with the Chancellor to set out the Scottish Government’s view.
The first minister has admitted that there is a “great deal” that needs to be done to protect oil and gas jobs – and insisted the Scottish Government is doing all it can to help alleviate the crisis. Nicola Sturgeon said that her taskforce was working to minimise job losses, but that the UK Government needed to stop hampering progress in the sector. The Conservative’s energy spokesman Murdo Fraser rounded on the first minister, saying she needed to do more than “pass the buck” while people are “worried about their futures”. Labour’s energy spokesman Lewis Macdonald agreed that her efforts so far have only “scratched the surface” of the crisis affecting the North East.
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Cabinet spoke yesterday of the importance of protecting the north-east's oil and gas “success story" at a question and answer evening in Aberdeen. Following a day visiting various businesses around the north-east and cutting the first sod of the long-awaited Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the first minister and her Cabinet invited questions from the public . Speaking to a crowd of hundreds at the Music Hall, Ms Sturgeon highlighted the importance of the oil and gas industry and how the Scottish Government is dealing with the crisis.