Government job scheme under fire

By Cara Sulieman

THE GOVERNMENT has come under fire for only handing out employment funding to TWO Scottish firms.

The job creation fund has splashed £30 million on grants in Scotland but private firms has received just a fraction of that cost – with most going to local authorities.

They have been criticised for handing taxpayers’ money from one section of government to another and not supporting struggling private businesses.

The £1 billion Future Jobs Fund gives employers up to £6,500 to take on a young person aged 18 to 24 for six months.

But of the 10,328 grants handed out in Scotland, just 462 have gone to private businesses.

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Professor slams traditional village craft fair

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTTISH artist has slammed the traditional village crafts fair for dumbing down the industry.

Georgina Follett said that they focus too much on the skill of making the object and not enough on the thought process behind it.

Her criticism comes after the announcement of Craft Festival Scotland – the country’s first ever national craft fair designed to challenge people’s preconceptions of crafts.

But Professor Follett said that it wasn’t going far enough and that Scotland is “getting it wrong” when it comes to promoting traditional arts.

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