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Youth unemployment in Scotland ‘speaks for itself’

by on June 14, 2012

There’s a bit of a debate going on over the Scottish Government’s policies and spending on youth unemployment.

In this piece in The Telegraph,  there are accusations that the promise of creating 25,000 new apprenticeships each year is nothing more than a ‘re-badging’ exercise on the grounds that  ‘more than 10,000 modern apprenticeships have been given to youngsters already in work’.

And here in The Scotsman, it is reported that the Youth Employment minister has been questioned over the allocation of £9 million to councils and how it is to be spent.

Her reported reply is interesting.

“It is to assist areas with the most acute need, and in that regard I think 6,500 young people claiming unemployment benefit between the ages of 16 and 24 in Glasgow speaks for itself. And we’re confident that the local authorities, in partnership with the Government, will utilise every penny wisely”.


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