Date lodged: 27 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that its approach to national procurement for devolved employability programmes is consistent with local level delivery in light of the comment in the written submission to the Social Security Committee by the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) in January 2017 that “it is very disappointing that local government is being viewed as a potential provider instead of a key strategic partner”.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 7 February 2017
The Scottish Government believes that Local Government is a key strategic partner in the delivery of employability programmes. Local Authorities have been a consistent strategic partner in the service and policy development stages of our new devolved programmes, including through bilateral and collective engagement and consultation. They will continue to have an important role to play in the implementation of new services, including the crucial alignment and integration agenda, through representation by SLAED on Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services Advisory Group and the Scottish Government's Integration and Alignment Advisory Group.