Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has said that the creation of a jobs scheme to help young people into secure employment is, for him, one of the most important elements of the Chancellor’s recent statement.
The fund, which will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment, has been widely praised with the CBI describing it as “a much-needed down payment in young people's futures".
Mr Halcro Johnston, the Scottish Conservative Shadow Education Minister, said: “I am so pleased that Rishi Sunak is prioritising the prospects of our young people, many of whom, with their families, will be very worried about the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic could have on their chances of securing a job.
“Here in Moray, the latest figures from May indicate that 610 people aged between 16 and 24 years old are in receipt of unemployment related benefits.
“The £2 billion ‘kickstart scheme’ announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak should make a real difference to their chances in getting into employment.
“This measure, and the others announced by the UK Government, represent a huge investment into getting the economy going again, saving businesses and saving livelihoods.
“Already £10 billion of support has come to Scotland in the last few months, which is a testament to the ability of the United Kingdom to draw on a very deep well of resources at times of crisis.
“We now need the Scottish Government to work together with the UK Government to ensure that this scheme is used to its maximum benefit for our economy, our communities and the young people who need it most”.