Date lodged: 18 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it will make available for devolved employment programmes in 2017-18 and what information it has regarding how this compares to the actual spend by the UK Government on similar schemes in 2015-16 and the estimated spend for 2016-17.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 3 August 2016
Comparable spend by the UK Government, on Work Programme and Work Choice in Scotland, in 2015-16 and 2016-17 is currently unavailable. However, the Scottish Government estimates that spend on both programmes will decrease to around £54m in 2016-17. The Scottish Government’s indicative Fiscal Framework settlement of £7m in 2017-18 therefore represents a circa 87% reduction on this level of expenditure. As announced on 22 March 2016, to mitigate these cuts the Scottish Government will provide up to £20m additional funding on transitional devolved employment services in 2017-18.