Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, has welcomed the First Ministers announcement of the Scottish Governments Programme for Government.
Linda said “The First Minister’s announcements show that the SNP have made jobs our priority in Government, and provided a plan B to reassure businesses and the people of East Kilbride.
“The SNP will deliver 25,000 modern apprenticeships every year of this parliament training up our future skilled tradesmen and women. In East Kilbride I hope we can use this to develop our next generation of engineers to harness our move to renewable energy.
“Our new commitment to provide a learning or training place for all 16 to 19 year olds should mean that no young person misses out on the opportunity to learn the skills needed for a modern developing Scotland.
“The Capital Investment programme will see the investment of a £400 million housing budget this year which is estimated to support over 15,000 jobs across the country.
“We will continue to support small businesses in East Kilbride with the small business bonus scheme and our commitment to no compulsory redundancies will provide a reassurance to many residents in East Kilbride that their jobs are safe.
“I believe a single police force and a single fire service will deliver safer communities in East Kilbride and help further reduce crime below its current 35 year low as the 1000 extra police officers delivered by the SNP patrol our streets.
“Todays announcement lays down the foundation of the Scottish Government delivering our manifesto commitments which the public overwhelmingly elected us on, to provide a better economic future for East Kilbride and Scotland”.