THIS has been an eventful week in Glasgow with the sad news of Rangers Football Club going into administration, the budget drama of Glasgow City Council and startling unemployment figures.
The budget passed last week by the Labour administration in Glasgow; prioritised jobs and the local economy, education, roads, public transport and cleansing.
There is no denying this was a challenging budget given the £46 million cut imposed by the Scottish Government.
For all the SNP claims that the cuts have come from Westminster, the reality is that their budget allocation reduced by 2.2% but they passed on a 5.5% cut to local communities.
Glasgow Labour's focus on young people and jobs includes a new £25 million Glasgow Guarantee expanding on previous initiatives like the:
l Commonwealth Apprenticeship Scheme which guarantees an apprenticeship for all school leavers who qualify.
l Commonwealth Jobs Fund, a £6 million fund which offers employers a 50% wage subsidy for each unemployed 18-24 year old that they recruit.
l Commonwealth Graduate Fund, a £10 million scheme which offers employers 50% wage subsidy for each unemployed graduate that they recruit.
People across Glasgow recognise the importance of investing in our young people and helping them gain the skills they need to play a full part in our City.
That is why Glasgow City Council last week prioritised primary and secondary education.
While we are increasing the education budget in our City, the SNP's proposed budget would have cut education in Glasgow by £1 million.
This is on top of the 9% cut to the college budget already imposed by the SNP Government which will restrict access to further education.
This demonstrates that Glasgow Labour is determined to focus on the issues that matter most to Glaswegians, putting jobs, families, pensioners and communities first and not being distracted by the ongoing debate on separation.
This week's unemployment figures further highlighted the damaging effect that Government decisions are having on Scotland's economy.
The statistics show that 400 women in Scotland are losing their job every day, and that one in three jobs lost in the last quarter, were lost in Scotland.
In Scotland, cuts have resulted in more than 2000 fewer nurses and midwives and 3000 fewer teachers.
It is not credible for the Scottish Government to pass the buck, they must take responsibility for what is happening in Scotland on their watch.
When female unemployment is at its highest level for 25 years and youth unemployment has risen 38% and exceeded 100,000, we need leadership from our first minister, not excuses.
The most important priority for our city is education, jobs and local communities and that is what Glasgow Labour's budget has delivered.
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