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S5W-15595: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what funding arrangements are in place for (a) projects and (b) organisations funded through its Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund 2017-2020 for the temporary recruitment of staff to cover maternity or paternity leave.

Answered by: Angela Constance 18 April 2018

Funding under the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF) is for specific project work and not for core funding of the organisation. Organisations will have different ways of managing PECF staff taking maternity or paternity leave. This will be informed by a range of factors, including the anticipated impact this would have on the delivery of the project and if the organisation felt they needed to recruit someone to fill the post. Arrangements would be discussed with the organisation on a case by case basis.