Young Persons Guarantee

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th November 2020.

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Photo of Colin Smyth Colin Smyth Labour

As someone who introduced a youth guarantee—including the 50 per cent wage support—in Dumfries and Galloway, where 90 per cent of businesses employ 10 or fewer people, I note that the big challenge is obviously with SMEs.

Does the cabinet secretary accept that, for those businesses, survival in the next few months will probably be even more important than their trying to expand?

Unless we get wider financial support to them, they will not be here in a few months in order to create the jobs that our young people desperately need.