Glasgow job creation schemes at risk

With Glasgow City Council facing a huge hole in its finances, details are beginning to emerge on where cuts to services could fall.  The Evening Times has reported that Glasgow Life’s running club, which employs a number of coaches across the city, will close in an effort to close the funding gap.  Club members are angry at plans to close a scheme which they say encouraged thousands of people across the city to take up running.

According to another report in the Evening Times, funding for the Glasgow Guarantee, a £50m scheme to ensure access to training, apprenticeships and employment for young people, over 50s and ex- service personnel could also be reduced.  The scheme was set up as part of the 2014 Legacy project following Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.   While Leader of the Council, Frank McAveety, insists that the scheme will continue, it may not survive in its current form.

The Council must find savings of £130m over the next two years and meets to decide its budget for the coming year on March 10.


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