Date lodged: 7 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it is evaluating the success of the Work Choice programme in advance of assuming responsibility for employability support programmes.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 3 August 2016
In addition to examining all available literature on Work Choice, the Scottish Government has had a series of meetings with DWP and current providers, including sub-contractors, to gain a clear understanding of the current service, its cost and its efficacy.
During the consultation on future services which ran during the summer of 2015, a number of stakeholder events, including those specifically for disabled people and their representatives were held. Inclusion Scotland were key partners in these events. As new services are being developed, we are again working with small groups of disabled people to understand their views on the on the nature of new employment support for disabled people. In addition to this, we will be undertaking a programme of customer insight in the coming months to help shape the delivery of devolved employment programmes.