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Unemployment Schemes

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will specify schemes for the long-term unemployed in the west of Scotland which will replace the courses at present run at the re-establishment centre at Bishopbriggs.

A number of schemes run by the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) will provide such opportunities. The community programme offers temporary employment for long-term unemployed adults on projects of benefit to the community. The voluntary projects programme provides unemployed people with constructive, voluntary activities. The enterprise allowance scheme helps unemployed people to start up their own businesses. Through its adult training programmes, MSC also provides work preparation training to improve employability. In addition MSC's employment rehabilitation centres at Bellshill and Hillington offer courses of assessment and rehabilitation, primarily for disabled people but with places available for the able-bodied also.