ANGUS MACDONALD WELCOMES GROWTH IN CARD-CARRYING YOUNG SCOTS IN FALKIRK DISTRICT
Sunday, 26 August 2012 17:39
The number of young people across Falkirk district enjoying the benefits offered by Young Scot National Entitlement Cards has rocketed since 2007.
An answer to a Parliamentary Question revealed that in 2007 there were 52,029 young people in Scotland who had a card. By 2012 that figure had increased dramatically to 461, 505. The figures also show that in Falkirk district the uptake of eligible young people holding a Young Scot card has shot up from 4.14% in 2007 to 28.63% in 2012.
The Young Scot National Entitlement Card is an electronic smartcard that enables young people between 11 and 26 to access local authority services and receive discounts from a range of businesses and organisations, as well as acting as proof of age.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald said:
“Young Scot cards are a fantastic way for young people to get discounts and access services. In these tough financial times, that substantial increase is extremely welcome.
“It’s clear from the incredible way in which the number of cards being used has grown in recent years that young people are really enthusiastic about them. While the figures for Falkirk district have shown a significant increase, I would encourage more Young Scots in my constituency to sign up.
“For their use to grow so much in the space of five years is quite extraordinary and is testament to the efforts of everyone who has worked hard to make them a success.
“With more and more local authority services being accessed by cards like this, it is extremely gratifying to see the speed with which these innovations are spreading.
“I hope that we will see even more young people take up their cards in coming years and have no doubt that the scheme will go from strength to strength.”
If you live in the Falkirk area and do not have a new National Entitlement/Young Scot card yet you can pick up an application from the following places:
- Secondary schools (for school age applicants)
- One-Stop Shops
- Falkirk Young Scot office, Park Street, Falkirk
- Municipal Chambers, Grangemouth
If you are still at school, you can take your completed application form (with a passport sized photo attached) to your secondary school who will verify and stamp/sign the application. The school will then send the application to Falkirk Young Scot for processing.
If you are applying for the card and have left school you must come into the Falkirk Young Scot office in person along with your identification to support your application. Please call Falkirk Young Scot 01324 504440 or email
| for more information or visit http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/education/community_learning/young_people/young_scot_card.aspx