Date lodged: 31 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when the transitional devolved employment services will go live and when it will set out its plans for the publication of statistics and the evaluation of performance.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 3 April 2017
In one of the first exercises of devolved powers under the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government will deliver new employment support services from today, Monday 3rd April 2017. Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland will provide 12 month transitional arrangements by helping up to 4,800 people with health conditions and disabilities into work. We intend to publish the first statistics in December 2017, reporting on quarters 1 and 2 (April-September 2017), and intend to publish an evaluation report in early 2019.