Date lodged: 27 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response it to the comment in the written submission to the Social Security Committee by the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) in January 2017 that “weaknesses … in the UK managed work programme are at risk of being repeated” in the new devolved employability programmes and that “large contract package areas do not enable effective local alignment and integration and the current areas are not consistent with any other geographical clusters such as city regions”.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 February 2017
Scottish Ministers agree with SLAED on the risks with large CPAs. That is why, in comparison to the UK Work Programme’s six CPAs for all of England and Wales, there will be nine in Scotland.
The CPAs were determined following a series of market engagement meetings, followed up with an online survey for further feedback on the proposals. We also undertook further discussions with stakeholders, including local government.