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Challenge to get people back to work

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Figures released by the Scottish Parliament point to radically different job markets in West Lothian’s two Scottish Parliamentary constituencies.The Almond Valley constituency of Angela Constance MSP has above average unemployment and economic inactivity whilst...

Letter from Scotland

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We are indeed being chased by demons. Alexander Goudie’s wonderful series of 54 paintings inspired by Burns’ “Tam O’ Shanter” have gone on rare display in South Ayrshire and they capture splendidly the mad...

Letter from Scotland

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On just about the hottest, driest, sunniest day of the summer, Scotland’s 680,000 pupils made their way back to school this week. The long holidays are over - six or seven weeks of glorious...

Letter from Scotland

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We are now into our political conference season which, like the Scottish harvest, comes a few weeks later than the UK conference season. But it’s still about gathering in the crops from the last...

Reduction in unemployment in Edinburgh West down to LibDems says local MP

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Crockart Welcomes Fall in Unemployment in Edinburgh West Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, has welcomed today’s employment figures and said they demonstrate the importance of sharing economic progress across the UK. Figures published today by...

Edinburgh MP blames UK government for youth unemployment

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With youth unemployment in Edinburgh up 272% a local MP claims young people are still paying the price for this Government’s economic failure. Commenting on today’s unemployment statistics, Edinburgh East MP and Work and Pensions Select...

Standard Life take part in the Edinburgh Guarantee

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Standard Life has teamed up with the Council, through the Edinburgh Guarantee programme, to provide up to 12 paid work placements for young people.  The company is the first to contribute to the 'Edinburgh...

Edinburgh MP wants VAT cut

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Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has been highlighting the campaign to cut VAT on building repairs and maintenance to 5% with a visit to a local architect’s practice in Stockbridge this...

Scottish unemployment falls

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Finance and Employment Secretary John Swinney this week welcomed a further fall in Scottish unemployment as new figures showed unemployment in Scotland declined by 10,000 over the three-month period February-April 2011 - the seventh...

Edinburgh MP calls for action on youth unemployment

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Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has joined with Gordon Brown in calling for action by the UK Government to tackle the worrying rise in youth unemployment so as to ensure that...

Unemployment in Scotland falling

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The Scottish Government's robust action to protect recovery, support jobs and stimulate economic growth is delivering real results for Scotland according to Finance Secretary, John Swinney, today.Mr Swinney was speaking as the latest figures...

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