WITH one in five young Scots now unable to find work, area MP Lindsay Roy has given his support to a petition protesting against unemployment.
Mr Roy has signed a Scottish Labour petition which calls on the UK Government to adopt the Party’s five-point plan for jobs and growth.
Labour is calling for a national jobs plan for youngsters paid for by a £2bn tax on bank bonuses that would both support the construction industry through the building of thousands more affordable homes, and guarantee a job for 100,000 young people throughout the UK.
It would also bring forward long-term investment project; temporarily reverse the rise in VAT to 20 per cent; cut VAT to five per cent on home improvements for a year; and give a one-year national insurance holiday for every small firm taking on extra workers, claims the party
Mr Roy said: “Only Labour’s plan can help our youngsters into work and deal with the real risk of a lost generation.
“The Government’s own ideas are so out of touch with reality that they would be laughable if the situation was not so serious.
“Like other constituencies throughout Scotland, there are many young people in my area who are desperate for a job – they are not malingerers, they don’t want to be unemployed, but there is simply no work for them.”