Galloway MP hits out over unemployment

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has said both UK and Scottish governments must take “their heads out of the sand” as unemployment in Scotland is predicted to reach its highest level since 1993 in the next few years.

The findings are contained in a new report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), which says it expects that unemployment in Scotland will continue to worsen, outstripping the UK rate later this year.

The unemployment rate in Dumfries and Galloway is already at its highest in over a decade, with youth unemployment reaching its highest level since 1996.

Mr Brown said: “This is yet another dire warning about the state of our economy.

“Dumfries and Galloway is at the centre of a jobs crisis caused by a combination of Tory government cuts and SNP government inaction because they are distracted by planning their separation campaign instead of focusing on creating jobs.

“With the prospect of unemployment reaching a 20-year high, it is time that both UK and Scottish governments took their heads out of the sand and woke up to the damage their cuts and tax rises are doing.

“As this new research shows, without any plan for growth the Tory and SNP governments are condemning local people to years more of rising unemployment.”