More people facing money worries

Figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed more people than ever in Dumfries and Galloway are facing financial problems.

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Children inspired by Olympic cycling

by Andy Burn

First it was the Tour de France, and now the Olympics. When it comes to cycling everyone is hoping this will be British breakthrough year.

British success in cycling so far has seen the sport's popularity soar. Scottish Cycling has organised skill sessions to teach youngsters how to handle a racing bike. The latest was at the Everholm Running Track at Annan, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Politicians claim graduates have been let down by SNP

Two local politicians have slammed the SNP government for “betraying” graduates after a survey showed high unemployment figures for many young people.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown claims that the survey shows the “crisis” young people face when leaving university.

“We have the highest long term youth unemployment rate for 15 years. Many graduates feel betrayed, as they have spent a lot of time and money going to university. “

– Russell Brown

The survey of almost 1,000 graduates was carried out by the Citizen Advice Service. It shows nearly half of all graduates are out of work for a period of time after leaving university, with over 20 per cent remaining unemployed for more than a year.

"The Scottish Government needs a plan to both address graduate unemployment and the needs of those out of work for 12 months or more.”

– Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray would like a wage subsidy scheme set up in the region to help promote growth and create jobs.

Earlier this month it was revealed that long-term youth unemployment was at its highest rate in 15 years, with over 400 18-24 year olds in Dumfries and Galloway out of work.

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