A scheme to help jobless war veterans back into work has been unveiled by Scotland's largest local authority.
Glasgow City Council is setting up a veterans employment programme that will pay subsidies to firms which take on unemployed former members of the Armed Forces.
The programme, which will cost £450,000 in its first year, is the first of its kind in the country, said council leader Gordon Matheson. It was announced at the State of the City Economy conference in Glasgow as "the right thing to do".
Mr Matheson said: "If you have fought for your country, you shouldn't have to fight for a job."
The Glasgow Veterans Employment Programme is funded by the council, with the help of £50,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant. It also includes £100,000 for training and other support for jobless veterans. The scheme was announced two days before Remembrance Sunday.
Mr Matheson said: "Our Armed Forces make immeasurable sacrifices on our behalf. They also have skills and experience that are marketable once they leave the forces, but it can be tough for veterans to readjust to civilian life.
"We are committed to helping Glasgow's veterans into employment but rather than just offering warm words and encouragement, my council will offer a wage subsidy to employers who recognise and reward their skills. We're the only local authority in the UK to provide this support to our veterans. We believe, passionately, that it is the right thing to do."
The scheme is available to those leaving the military and veterans aged 25-49, a group who do not qualify for help from the council's existing schemes to support employment. As well as the veterans programme, Mr Matheson announced the creation of a £1.5 million Glasgow New Business Fund to help new small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the cost of premises.
"Small businesses tell me that they are struggling to access affordable business premises, and that the cost of rent stops people from starting their own companies. We have listened to these concerns and we will act.
"I am delighted to announce the establishment of the Glasgow New Business Fund. This will allow new-start SMEs to get financial support from the council which will see us pay all or part of their rent and rates for up to four years."