Scottish Conservative MSPs Murdo Fraser and Liz Smith have hailed Rishi Sunak for helping young people back into work in Perth and Kinross.
New figures show that the UK Chancellor’s Kickstart Scheme has helped 180 youngsters aged 16-24 gain new opportunities in the region, since the scheme was launched.
Mr Fraser and Liz Smith say it is further evidence that Rishi Sunak and the UK Government are prepared to step up at every turn to support jobs and economic recovery in Perth and Kinross.
Overall, the Kickstart Scheme has made 420 jobs available in Perth and Kinross.
Both MSPs recognise young people have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic but insist schemes like Kickstart are the right way to help them back into employment.
Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “Rishi Sunak’s Kickstart Scheme has already helped young people across Perth and Kinross back into work.
“It shows that the UK Chancellor is once again prepared to support and accelerate our recovery in the region.”
And Liz Smith, who also represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, added: “Young people have found the pandemic especially hard and must be supported as quickly as possible back into employment. The Kickstart Scheme from the UK Government is already helping to do that, with many more jobs made available in Perth and Kinross.
“It is crucial both of Scotland’s governments fully focus on our recovery to ensure our communities can rebuild after the pandemic.”