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S5W-12163: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the aim in A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, to "at least halve the disability employment gap", and whether it will consider setting targets.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 November 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to halving the disability employment gap in Scotland. We do not underestimate the very significant challenge this ambition presents - achieving it will require action across a range of partners.

We are already taking steps in a number of areas to support more disabled people into work in line with our commitments in A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People.

This includes:-

  • the implementation of transitional employment services in 2017-2018 and the letting of contracts to providers for Fair Start Scotland which will run from April 2018. Disabled people are a priority group for both services;

  • the implementation of the highest level of Modern Apprenticeship funding until the age of 30;

  • Delivering a successful campaign to business during the summer to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities, showcasing case studies and videos and an updated information on the Scottish Government’s Employability in Scotland website detailing support available to employers; and

  • meeting our commitment to deliver a disability internship programme in the third and public sector and in politics.

We are working with stakeholders to develop the further actions to be taken to achieve our ambitions for disability employment and will set these out in more detail at the major congress on disability, employment and the workplace planned for early 2018.