Clash ahead of report
SNP shifts blame for youth jobs crisis on to Westminster
Holyrood ministers are passing blame on to Westminster
SNP ministers have attempted to load all the blame on the UK Tory government for an imminent jobs crisis facing the younger generation.
Up to one million young people across the UK risk being plunged into hardship, according to a report to be published tomorrow.
It is expected to call on governments in Westminster and Edinburgh to take action.
But the SNP today said the crisis was a result of Covid-19 and the UK Government’s decision to scrap the furlough scheme in less than two weeks.
The SNP’s employment spokesman Chris Stephens MP said 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.
“Scotland has been deliberately held back in its ability to respond to the impact of the pandemic by a Tory government that has blocked the devolution of financial powers and withheld the investment required to save jobs.”
However, the responsibility for youth employment is shared between the UK and Scottish governments.
Tomorrow’s report is expected to be accompanied by a call for them to set aside their differences and deliver a Scottish Jobs Guarantee that provides hope for 16-24 year olds facing a winter of unemployment.