Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Central Scotland, Graham Simpson, has hailed Rishi Sunak for helping young people back into work across Lanarkshire.
New figures show that the UK Chancellor’s Kickstart Scheme has helped 420 youngsters aged 16-24 in North Lanarkshire and 390 in South Lanarkshire gain new opportunities, since the scheme was launched.
Mr Simpson says this is further evidence that Rishi Sunak and the UK Government are prepared to step up at every turn to support jobs and economic recovery in Lanarkshire.
Overall, the Kickstart Scheme has made 730 jobs available in North Lanarkshire and 760 jobs available in South Lanarkshire.
Mr Simpson added, young people have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic but schemes like Kickstart are clearly the right way to help them back into employment.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, Graham Simpson said: “Rishi Sunak’s Kickstart Scheme has already helped young people across Lanarkshire back into work.
“It shows that the UK Chancellor is once again prepared to support and accelerate our recovery in North and South Lanarkshire.
“Young people have found the pandemic especially hard, and must be supported as quickly as possible back into employment.
“The Kickstart Scheme from the UK Government is already helping to do that, with many more jobs made available in Lanarkshire.
“It is crucial both of Scotland’s governments fully focus on our recovery to ensure our communities can rebuild after the pandemic.”