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S5W-09608: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many work placements have been offered by Abellio ScotRail to newly released ex-offenders in Scotland since 1 June 2016, in line with the franchisee’s commitment under Schedule 1.6, Part 1, reference 24.18 of the current franchise agreement, and how many of these work placements it expects to have been taken up by 1 June 2017.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 June 2017

For year 2016-2017 ScotRail completed the required visits to identify newly released ex-offenders who would be suitable for work placement, and who would be willing to undertake it. However, they were not successful in identifying suitable candidates. For year 2017-2018, two visits have been completed at Corton Vale prison, including recruitment and selection workshops. Risk assessment meetings were held by ScotRail on 26 May 2017 at Greenock Prison, and on 31 May at Corton Vale Prison with a view to 2 offenders ready to commence work placement during June 2017.