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Youth unemployment falls in southern Scotland

The number of young people claiming unemployment benefit in the south of Scotland has fallen by 11% in comparison to last year.

The new figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that the claimant count for March 2013 across Borders and Dumfries and Galloway fell by 230 compared to the same time last year.

The figures are broken down as follows for each local authority:

  • Scottish Borders: 120 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit
  • Dumfries and Galloway: 110 fewer young people claiming unemployment benefit

New 3G pitch for Palmerston Park

Palmerston Park in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Councillors have unveiled the details on three new '3G' artificial football pitches that will be built in Dumfries and Galloway, including at the ground of Queen of the South.

The council agreed to spend £750,000 on the new surfaces at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, Blairmount Park at Newton Stewart FC and St Mary's Park in Kirkcudbright.

The total amounts are:

£225,000 to Queen of the South

£275,000 to Newton Stewart FC

£275,000 to St Cuthbert Wanderers.

The money will be subject to match funding from Sport Scotland.

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