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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01554: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

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.