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Hume welcomes new funding to boost youth employment

April 16, 2014 12:17 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has welcomed news that South WestJim HumeJim Hume Scotland is set to benefit by nearly £40 million from a new scheme to help young people into work.

The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) will provide £170 million of UK government funding to help young people aged 15-24 find work.

This investment will be matched by an equal amount from the European Social Fund and also by project partners, bringing the total funding to nearly £490 million.

Southwest Scotland, one of five areas selected to receive support, is in line to benefit by £38.6 million.

Commenting, Jim Hume said:

"More people are in work across the country than ever before but there is always more that can be done. Liberal Democrats are helping build a stronger Scottish economy in government and any initiative to get more people into work is welcome.

"We know that long spells of unemployment at the start of a young persons' career can be damaging for years down the line. This new investment will make a real difference to young people in the south of Scotland and give them the best possible start to their working life.

"With UK spending being matched by EU investment this new initiative is another reason why Liberal Democrats are working to keep Scotland in Britain and Britain in Europe."