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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09672: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Scottish Employability Support Service will (a) collect and publish equality data and (b) monitor whether its services meet the needs of BME people who are long-term unemployed or at risk of becoming so.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 June 2017

The Scottish Government requires providers to collect equality information as part of the delivery of our employment services, Fair Start Scotland (from April 2018), Work First Scotland and, managed by SDS, Work Able Scotland. Part of the rationale for collecting this information is to help ensure that equalities groups are benefitting from the services, but we will also be undertaking evaluation activity to better understand if and how participants’ needs are being met.