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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11847: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment the Fair Start Scotland programme has made of the hardest to reach unemployed.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 October 2017

We received over 200 responses to the consultation on future devolved employment services in 2015 alongside more than 70 events and meetings held with user and stakeholder groups across Scotland. Additional work in 2016 with disabled people, their representatives and other stakeholders informed the specific service offer for this group.

This work was supported by a literature review of successful approaches to employment support and labour market analysis of protected characteristics and other vulnerable groups using sources including the Annual Population Survey. The Literature review can be found here: http://www.learningandwork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Scotlands-future-employment-services-final-report.pdf

We have created a programme that will be flexible, tailored, and responsive to the needs of those who are further from the labour market and we are on track to deliver by April 2018.