Labour secure Budget concessions.

Almost 8,000 extra, new apprenticeships, bringing the total to 18,500 next year and a written commitment for next year

  • That is more than 100 young people in every constituency with the chance of training that they didn’t have last week
  • An apprenticeship redundancy guarantee to ensure anyone made redundant can finish their training with a new employer
  • An apprenticeship summit to consider how Scotland can best develop skills and jobs during a recession
  • Apprentices will be used to deliver the insulation programme and capital investment programme
  • £50 million extra for PACE, which helps people made redundant
  • A £60 million Town Centre Regeneration Fund
  • Centrally ring-fenced health budgets delivered straight to local health boards instead of being held back for ministerial announcements
  • So yesterday, Iain Gray met with Alex Salmond and repeated our demands for a working Scotland. I am pleased to report that Labour has secured: Almost 8,000 extra, new apprenticeships, bringing the total to 18,500 next year and a written commitment for next year That is more than 100 young people in every constituency with the chance of training that they didn’t have last week An apprenticeship redundancy guarantee to ensure anyone made redundant can finish their training with a new employer An apprenticeship summit to consider how Scotland can best develop skills and jobs during a recession Apprentices will be used to deliver the insulation programme and capital investment programme £50 million extra for PACE, which helps people made redundant

    A £60 million Town Centre Regeneration Fund Centrally ring-fenced health budgets delivered straight to local health boards instead of being held back for ministerial announcements. But these victories do not tie us in to everything the Scottish Government is doing. We’re glad to have forced significant changes but Labour still has grave concerns about the SNP’s competence in handling the economic crisis. I also think people want politicians to work together now in these difficult times so we have hope for the future.

    Today we have done that.

     Donald Dewar reminded us that the parliament is not just what we do, it is about how we carry ourselves. With more statesmanship from the SNP and less hot air from Alex Salmond, we might have been here a week ago. Today is a small victory on the way towards Labour supporting working people in the months ahead. I can assure you: with the most experienced and effective opposition the Scottish Parliament has ever seem, we will continue to defend Labour’s principles and Labour’s values, and we wil l never give the Nationalists a free ride

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