MSP Jim Hume welcomes a £38.6 million investment for a new youth programme in South West Scotland.
It is one of five areas in the UK to receive a share of money from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).
"We know that long spells of unemployment at the start of a young persons' career can be damaging for years down the line. This new investment will make a real difference to young people in the south of Scotland and give them the best possible start to their working life.
"With UK spending being matched by EU investment this new initiative is another reason why Liberal Democrats are working to keep Scotland in Britain and Britain in Europe."
– Jim Hume MSP, South Scotland
The scheme provides funding to help young people aged 15-24 find work.
The total £170 million of UK government funding for the YEI will be matched by an equal amount from the European Social Fund and also by project partners, bringing the total funding to nearly £490 million.
Following repeated flooding in parts of the region, a mountain rescue team has had its vehicles adjusted to be able to drive through deep water. The Galloway team has been involved in helping people during a number of floods in South West Scotland.