Date lodged: 27 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland work in partnership with locally-run health care, occupational therapy and addiction services.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 3 February 2017
Through both Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland customers will be able to access integrated support including provision of personal and vocational skills development, work related experience, and health support to manage specific barriers to work.
Devolution of employment services is a clear opportunity to build on the strengths of existing national and local services and set out our longer-term vision for achieving greater alignment and integration. My officials are working with other areas of Government including Health and Justice and have engaged with a broad spectrum of organisations to help develop our approach to integration and alignment of employment services.
On 21 December 2016, the Scottish Government announced a £1 million funding allocation secured as part of the draft budget that will help develop innovative approaches to integration and alignment of employment services. Further details on that funding will be announced in due course.