SNP MSP welcomes cashback investment

An SNP MSP has today (Wednesday) welcomed a Scottish Government scheme using cash seized from criminal gangs which will help young people access apprenticeships and says it shows the gulf between the Scottish and UK Government’s approach to the people of Scotland.

The PowerSkills programme will offer young people in Glasgow an engineering qualification at Cardonald College and a chance of a job with Scottish Power.

The Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities scheme has already recovered £45m from criminals which has been invested in sports, cultural and community schemes across Scotland. This is the first time that the money has been used to fund apprenticeships.

Speaking ahead of Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill launching the initiative at Cardonald College in Glasgow today, Humza Yousaf MSP hailed the benefits the PowerSkills scheme will bring.

Mr Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow, said:

“PowerSkills is a great example of the Cashback for Communities scheme offering a brighter future for youngsters, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“It will create jobs at Scottish Power, and is yet another example of how the Scottish Government is putting seized crook’s cash to good use.

“On the day that the Tory Chancellor George Osborne looks set to deliver more gloomy news for Scotland by snubbing our plea for an injection of Capital financing for shovel-ready projects, initiatives such as this are all the more vital.

“The SNP is committed to young people having as many positive opportunities and chances for as possible. We can continue to deliver for Scotland’s people but we are swimming against a tide of cuts from Westminster which go too far, too fast. Just think what we could do with full fiscal and political independence.”