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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Tributes pour in to “voice of rugby” Bill McLaren

Flags fly at half mast above Murrayfield in Edinburgh

By Cara Sulieman

FLAGS high above Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh were lowered to half mast today (Tues) in an emotional tribute to the “voice of rugby” Bill McLaren who has died aged 86.

The legendary commentator, known for his absolute fairness, witty remarks and insightful turns of phrase gained a reputation for being the best in the business in a career spanning almost half a century.

When he retired in 2002, he was already the proud recipient of a MBE, OBE and CBE for services to rugby.

And he was still subject of an internet campaign calling on the Hawick born favourite to be Knighted too.

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