Shona Robison praised the performance of the Scottish First Minister 100 days after he was officially sworn in to the top post.
Mr. Yousaf is the sixth person to hold this position since decentralization. His appointment came after Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation sparked a leadership contest within the SNP.
Ms Robison, who previously served as Scottish Health Secretary and Social Affairs Secretary under Ms Sturgeon, was appointed Deputy First Minister and also given responsibility for the important finance portfolio from Mr Yousaf.
Since then, the Scottish Government has committed £15m to providing free afternoon and holiday clubs for children and has tripled the Fuel Insecurity Fund – which helps those struggling with energy bills – from £10m last year to £30m in 2023- 24
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Mr Yousaf also chaired an anti-poverty summit in Scotland, while a new 10-year cancer strategy was released and with it an updated plan for treating stroke patients.
In addition, the Scottish Government has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the country’s 32 local authorities, formed a New Deal for Business Group and published the latest in a series of papers aimed at promoting Scottish independence.
Ms Robison said: “In the first 100 days of Humza Yousaf’s new government, rapid progress has been made in areas that matter to the people of Scotland.
“We put the needs of the people at the heart of everything the Scottish Government does, not least in supporting struggling families during the cost of living crisis.
“Against a backdrop of the damage caused by Brexit and cuts in Westminster, the Scottish Government is providing meaningful support to those most in need and investing in our public services.
“The record also demonstrates that it is an open and inclusive government, ready to listen to legitimate concerns and change course when needed.”
“With work still to be done, we are determined to continue earning people’s trust.”
Comparing her government to Westminster, she added: “In just 44 days, Tory Prime Minister Liz Truss managed to wreck the economy and leave a mess we are all still paying the price for.”
“This is a vivid example of the need for Scotland to gain full independence so that we can avoid the damage of Westminster and do more for the people of Scotland.”