South Scotland

Summit examines Dumfries and Galloway job concerns

A cross-party summit has been held in Dumfries amid growing concern about unemployment levels and low pay.

It came on the back of the latest jobless figures in the region which had shown an increase.

The meeting brought together politicians, representatives from the department of work and pensions, the council and a range of business groups.

Labour MP Russell Brown, who called for the talks, said unemployment levels were proof the summit was needed.

He said that while there had been a steady but slow fall in unemployment across the UK, south west Scotland was bucking the national trend - in contrast to previous years.

He said it was time for politicians, business and local agencies to come together - firstly to accept that Dumfries and Galloway had a major problem, and secondly to look for solutions.

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