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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Scots’ funeral songs put on musical urns

Musical urns

By Cara Sulieman

THE Scottish band who penned a dedicated funeral album are to have their sombre songs played to grieving households across the country – from musical urns.

Bruce Birrell and Juliet Nisbet – who make up band Spirit of Love – have struck a deal with Global Photo Plaques to have their music piped out of memorial ceramic books.

The book-shaped urns – costing £139 each – will belt out tunes from the duo’s ‘The Journey’s Over’ album at the press of the button.

With capacity for up to five minutes worth of music, they feature a photo on one page and verse on the other.

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