18 March 2015
More than 200 guests joined First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the 15th National Economic Forum.
The guests attended workshops with Ministers and spoke about the new plans to grow the economy.
Listen to the First Minister’s speech here:
The forum was held at Dundee University – the first time it has been outside the central belt. It was also attended by almost 40 per cent women – the highest percentage yet.
The ideas from the workshops will be published on the Scottish Government website shortly.
— Craig Hume (@CraigHume_) March 18, 2015
Whilst in Dundee, the First Minister also took the time to visit the Trussel Trust’s busiest foodbank.
She met with Dave Morris who manages the foodbank, and Christine Buist, a nurse who volunteers in her spare time.
The foodbank has seen an increase in the number of people using the service – from around 3,000 in 2012/13 to 6,000 last year.
The First Minister then joined Finance Secretary John Swinney to discuss the latest Westminster budget.
Mr Swinney confirmed that based upon figures published today by the Office of Budget Responsibility, Scotland will see another £12 billion of cumulative cuts in real terms over the period to 2019.
Watch Mr Swinney on the budget here: