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Milne welcomes Budget jobs boost for the North East

Nanette Milne, 10/02/2011

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament approved the Scottish Government’s Budget for the coming year, North East Conservative MSP Nanette Milne has welcomed a number of measures in the Budget which will provide a boost for jobs in the North East.

Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East said:

“This Budget is not perfect, but I am pleased that it contains provisions which will give a real boost to jobs in the North East.

“The new measures for small business job creation will help small businesses in the North East to take on extra staff, provide assistance to those wanting to start up in business and give additional help to exporters. During these tough economic times, it is critical that help is directed to help small business.

“The extension of the Post Office Diversification Fund is welcome news to rural communities. I have previously called on the Scottish Government to bring forward this scheme and am delighted that it has again been included in this year’s Budget.

“Housing provision is a big issue in the North East and the additional funding for housing will not only allow many families to get on the housing ladder, it will provide a timely boost to the construction industry and create and protect thousands of jobs.

“Other housing measures announced today as a result of our discussions will help first time buyers and allow developers get on with delivering the additional housing Scotland needs.

“Furthermore, today’s budget has confirmed that the funding for the existing 1000 extra police officers on Scotland’s streets will continue and they will continue to help in the battle to cut crime. It also continues the commitment to the Small Business Bonus Scheme, which is already helping thousands of small firms in High Streets across the North East by cutting or removing their business rates liability.”

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