Concerns have been raised that the Scottish Government's approach to supermarket deliveries could put vulnerable people at a disadvantage.
Last week, Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron urged local supermarkets to go “the extra mile” to help customers who faced challenges in shopping personally instore.
Pressure has been mounting on the SNP government to pass big stores its “shielded” list, containing the country’s most vulnerable people who can’t leave their home during the coronavirus pandemic.
This would have followed the UK Government approach, which saw that list being handed over last month.
A text service has been launched for the shielded group to get in touch with the Scottish Government. It was revealed yesterday (Thursday 16 April) that only 21,000 signed up to have their details passed onto supermarkets.
Mr Cameron spoke after the issue was raised again at First Minister’s Questions. “The UK Government simply passed its list on to the big chains, which allowed them to prioritise delivery slots for those who needed them most.
“But here, the SNP decided to take a different and more complicated approach which, judging by the results, has meant a lower number of shielded people receiving the help they need.
“Frankly, our big supermarket chains could do without having to manage a separate system in Scotland which has been introduced by the SNP simply for the sake of being different.
“While I have urged the supermarkets to do as much as possible, they badly need the Scottish Government to get its act together fast so that local people receive the supplies they require.”