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Wishart welcomes citizens advice report on young people and recession

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WISHART WELCOMES CITIZENS ADVICE REPORT ON YOUNG PEOPLE AND RECESSION

Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has welcomed the publication by Citizens Advice Scotland of their report Being Young Being Heard on the impact of the recession on young people in Perthshire and throughout Scotland.
Mr Wishart said:

“This document is an important overview of the impact that the current economic climate is having on Scotland’s young people and should act as a stark warning to the ConDem coalition in Westminster as they consider reforms to the benefits system.
In Perth & Kinross, the number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA has rocketed by 75% since August 2007.

“The unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds is more than three times that for older workers which is why the Scottish Government’s commitment to 25,000 modern apprenticeships in John Swinney’s budget is so important.

“These opportunities form part of a £34.5 million package to support thousands of additional employment, training and college places across Scotland.

“Locally, too, local authority leaders have recognised the importance of supporting young people with the Council’s budget this week including an investment of over £200,000 over the next two years which will equip several hundred young local people with the sort of skills that they will need.”

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