Date lodged: 13 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers Work First Scotland to be a supported employment scheme.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 21 December 2016
The Scottish Government has committed to providing continuity of service for disabled people in the transition to devolved services in a transitional year from April 2017, and in advance of a full programme beginning in April 2018. To do that, on 6 September this year, Scottish Ministers announced 1 year contracts with the existing providers of DWP’s Work Choice programme to deliver Work First Scotland.
Supported employment outcomes will be recognised and rewarded as job outcomes in Work First Scotland.