The Scottish Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, has formally requested new powers to help meet “the significant economic and fiscal challenges” of coronavirus.

Writing to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, she has detailed the temporary changes being sought by the Scottish Government. These include the ability to switch money from the capital budget to day-to-day spending and the flexibility to borrow up to £500 million this year to support the Covid-19 response.

Scottish Parliament Holyrood. Kate Forbes MSP Finance Secretary today arriving for “Topical Questions” at the Covid-19 social distancing Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Edinburgh. Tuesday 26 May 2020. Picture FRASER BREMNER

She also emphasised the need to discuss permanent new financial arrangements to help the devolved administrations better manage budgetary risk.

The letter has been sent ahead of the latest regular quadrilateral meeting involving finance ministers from the UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments, which is due to take place remotely on Friday 26 June 2020.

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