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Jobless levels in Scotland 'peak'


Thursday September 23rd 2010

The number of people out of work in Scotland has increased to levels last seen in the mid-1990s, a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows. And the situation is worse now than in England - which was not the case at the start of the recession - with 589,000 Scots on benefits now, compared to 539,000 two years ago, a rise of 1.4%.

Also according to the Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in 2010 report, child poverty rose in Scotland last year, by 2%.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Government is "determined" to do all it can to help the poorest families.

She said: "In Scotland we have innovative home-grown policies such as school clothing grants, freezing council tax, free heating help, abolishing prescription charges and expanding concessionary travel schemes, which are all helping make life better for families and elderly people."

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