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  1. BBC News - Glasgow City Council to subsidise armed forces veterans wages

    Glasgow City Council to subsidise armed forces veterans wages

    The scheme will offer a subsidy of up to £6,500 a year per job
    Scotland's largest council is launching a scheme to help unemployed former armed forces personnel find a job.

    Under the Veterans Employment Programme, Glasgow City Council will pay a wage subsidy to firms taking on jobless ex-forces men and women.

    The council said it was "part of the most comprehensive package of support offered to veterans" in Britain.

    Details of the scheme were announced at a economic conference aimed at helping Glasgow through the recession.

    The programme will be available to help people who leave the services and veterans aged between 25 and 49.

    'Immeasurable sacrifices'
    The council is prepared to pay the first £7.20 of a veteran's hourly wage to help employers take them on - up to £6,500 a year.

    The authority is aware of 89 veterans who are currently seeking work and a further 37 service personnel about to be made redundant.

    Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "Our armed forces make immeasurable sacrifices on our behalf.

    "They also have skills and experience that are marketable once they leave the forces - but it can be tough for veterans to re-adjust to civilian life.

    "We are committed to helping Glasgow's veterans into employment but, rather than just offering warm words and encouragement, my council will offer a wage subsidy to employers who recognise and reward their skills."

    Councillor Matheson said the authority believed "passionately that it is the right thing to do".
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  2. Nice to see someone taking positive steps although I'm amazed they can find the money in this economic climate. Well done Glasgow.
  3. They'll do anything to get people to live in Scotland.
  4. Though it does make sense now! The particular security & defence wing that I work for was/has/is moving an office to Erksine, and was trying to get us all to move up there. I heard rumours of some govt subsidy...and now it all makes sense, as nearly all of us are ex forces.
  5. 123

    123 LE

    More proof, were it needed, that Scotland has ITS HEART IN THE RIGHT ****ing PLACE! **** you Westminster.

    Bring on independence!
  6. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    until it goes wrong - look at the elderly care fees. say its free because you only have to pay for 70,000. turn around and there's half a million of the buggers dumped onto the system.

    you'll end up with every bugger who walked past a recruiting office putting a claim in
  7. See the post above yours AND as you know very well, it's a Labour council and Labour is Unionist. Feck you my fenian marxist friend :)
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  8. 123

    123 LE

    Doesnt matter if its a labour council or not. It's a Scottish endeavour, and it is Scotland the country which I said has its heart in the right place. Labour/SNP - beside the point.

  9. Excellent news... you get out what you put in...
  10. excluding you obviously !
  11. Let's see how long this survives against discrimination legislation.
  12. Long enough to determine a protocol to avoid it
  13. Your point would be valid if it wasn't pish. The claimants need to be unemployed first.
  14. mercurydancer

    mercurydancer LE Book Reviewer

    An eminently sensible and worthwhile project from Glasgow. All credit to them. I hope this practical project is rolled out across the rest of UK.
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  15. Stand by for loads of £7.20PH jobs up to £6500PA to appear. This will not help anyone.