Date lodged: 9 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has continued the practice of "paying by results" for the Fair Start Scotland programme.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 October 2017
Through Fair Start Scotland, the Scottish Government is committed to delivering an employability service which is focussed on delivering outcomes and progression to employment.
The 2015 consultation on devolved services pointed to the need for sufficient guaranteed funding to enable smaller organisations to engage and guarantee a level of support to all participants. Therefore, Fair Start Scotland will operate differently to previous Department of Work and Pensions programmes as a service fee of 30% of the contract value will be paid.
The key aim of the service and the Scottish Government’s significant investment in it is to help as many people as possible into sustained work. By rewarding providers for job outcomes with staged payments over a period of up to 12 months, the Scottish Government is ensuring service providers support participants into sustainable work and continue to help them afterwards to remain in their job or move quickly back into work should they become unemployed again. I believe this is the best way to deliver both a high quality service and value for money.