In the latest edition of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins interviews Kate Forbes, MSP.

As well as representing Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch in Parliament, Kate is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance in the Scottish Government, with responsibility for providing financial support to the economy during the Covid-19 crisis.

In a wide-ranging interview, Kate talks about her formative years growing up in India, her early political career and being thrust into the limelight to deliver the Scottish Budget in 2020 following the resignation of Derek Mackay. She also talks about the process of providing support packages for businesses and addresses some of the criticism from parts of the tourism sector that are currently unable to access support. During the interview news broke about the extent of a Covid-19 outbreak in a Portree Care Home. Kate gives her reaction to the news along with her advice to constituents. 

Listen to the podcast here:

To hear Kate's reaction to the news from Portree in a short sound byte click the link here and comments from Kate and Ian Blackford MP here.