Former PM calls for action

Brown urges Tory and SNP unity to help young Scots

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown: ‘this goes way beyond party politics’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today urged the Scottish and UK governments to set aside their differences to help avoid a jobs crisis among the young.

He wants them to work together to back a Scottish Jobs Guarantee that provides hope for 16-24 year olds facing a winter of unemployment brought on by the Covid pandemic

According to the Alliance for full Employment, 100,000 young Scots – one million across the UK – face winter on the dole.

Mr Brown’s call comes as Professor Paul Gregg, a specialist on the labour market, publishes a report claiming that one million 16-24 year olds across the UK are facing unemployment and will be in need of support over the coming months.

The Scottish government yesterday attempted to load all the blame for the crisis on Westminster, with the SNP’s employment spokesman Chris Stephens MP saying the report’s warning should be a “wake-up call” for the Tory government.

“The coronavirus crisis has had a devastating impact on the economy, jobs, businesses and people’s livelihoods. At this critical time, it is vital that the UK government strengthens support, rather than scrapping it,” he said.

But the Alliance pointed out that in Scotland responsibility for youth employment is shared between the UK and Scottish governments and is urging them to work together.

Mr Brown said: “This winter, 100,000 young Scots in need of support to find a job, or they face the prospect of a winter on the dole.

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