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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13175: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in publishing statistical information on the transitional devolved employment services.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 6 December 2017

The Scottish Government is today publishing information outlining progress on the first six months of the transitional twelve month service that was launched in April 2017 and is designed to help up to 4,800 people with health conditions and disabilities into work. The publication can be found at www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781788514880

This service is one of the first uses of powers from the Scotland Act 2016. The Scottish Government has made clear that it wants to deliver employability services in a different way which embeds principles of dignity and respect in our approach and puts the individual at the heart of how services are delivered. These principles are embedded in the contracts awarded for the delivery of our longer term approach to employment services through the Fair Start Scotland programme, which begins in April 2018.