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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Commons committee in Dumfries date

SUSTAINABLE employment in Scotland will be the focus of a government session in Dumfries on Monday afternoon.

The Scottish Affairs Committee of the House of Commons will be at the Easterbrook Hall to hear evidence about the local labour market and support for key employment areas.

It is part of their inquiry into sustainable employment in Scotland.
Appearing at the session will be Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce chief executive Brian Richardson; Councillor Colin Smyth who chairs the local economy, environment and infrastructure committee; and officials from Scottish Enterprise.
Explaining why they’re in Dumfries, committee chairman Pete Wishart said: “It is important that sustainable employment is for the whole country and not just the major cities in the central belt.
“Our previous report found that the historic decline in population remains a modern issue for some western and rural areas. We want to understand how this will affect businesses and employment opportunities in the south of Scotland.”
He added: “I am looking forward to hearing from local businesses about the challenges they face in attracting employees and remaining competitive.
“We will also be hearing from local government and Scottish Enterprise about what can be done to attract new employers and develop the local economy.”
The event kicks off at 2.15 pm and is open to the public.

To find out more, or register for a place, go to

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