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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20217: Annabelle Ewing (Cowdenbeath)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in publishing statistical information regarding the devolved employment service, Fair Start Scotland.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 28 November 2018

Fair Start Scotland is Scotland’s devolved employability support service and is designed to offer support on a voluntary basis to help people, including those who are further removed from the labour market, who want help to find work and stay in work.

The Scottish Government has proactively published information on its devolved employability services since December 2017. Today we are publishing information on the first six months of operation of Fair Start Scotland, which shows a total of 4,978 people have started on Fair Start Scotland during the period 3 April to 28 September 2018.

The publication outlines the number of starts and referrals to the service. It also provides further information on the transitional services introduced in April 2017.

We will continue to publish statistical data relating to Fair Start Scotland on a quarterly basis.