Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Jeremy Balfour for Lothian has hailed Rishi Sunak for helping young people back into work.
New figures show that the UK Chancellor’s Kickstart Scheme has helped 130 Midlothian youngsters aged 16-24 gain new opportunities, since the scheme was launched.
Jeremy Balfour says it 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 Midlothian.
Overall, the Kickstart Scheme has made 240 jobs available in Midlothian
Jeremy Balfour recognises young people have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic but insists schemes like Kickstart are the right way to help them back into employment.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Jeremy Balfour said: “Rishi Sunak’s Kickstart Scheme has already helped young people across Midlothian back into work.
“It shows that the UK Chancellor is once again prepared to support and accelerate our recovery in Midlothian.
“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 Midlothian.
“It is crucial both of Scotland’s governments fully focus on our recovery to ensure our communities can rebuild after the pandemic.”