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Roseanna welcomes soaring uptake of YoungScot cards

The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South  Kinross-shire has highlighted figures which show that uptake of the Young Scot National Entitlement Card in Perth & Kinross has rocketed in the past five years.

Speaking today (Thursday) Ms Cunningham said:

"Young Scot cards are a fantastic way for young people to get discounts and access services. In these tough financial times, I am sure that is particularly welcome.

"Uptake in Perth & Kinross of the Young Scot National Entitlement Card has been growing year on and year - from only 8.3% in 2007 it has grown to 49% in 2012.

"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.

"For their use to grow so significantly 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.

"However, the figures also tell me that just over 1 in 2 young folk are still missing out on the potential benefits these cards bring and so I hope that we will see even more young people take up their cards in coming years. 

"What many people might not be aware of is that the Young Scot card is not just for schoolchildren.  You can enjoy many of the benefits of the Young Scot card right up until you are 26.

"The introduction of Challenge 25 in Scotland will mean that all alcohol retailers will be obliged by law to challenge anyone who they believe could be 25 or under for identification. The Young Scot NEC card has a PASS hologram on it, which makes it as credible as a driving license or passport for proving your age.

"I have no doubt that this is a scheme that will continue to go from strength to strength."

Note: Uptake of Young Scot cards has rocketed over the past five years.  In 2007 uptake in Peth & Kinross was only 1963 (8.3%).  That grew to 4125 (17.44%) in 2008, 5979 (23.6%) in 2009, 8366 (31%) in 2010, 10,263 (38%) in 2011 and 13,375 (49%) in 2012. 

More information on the Young Scot card and information on how to receive one can be found at

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design