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S5W-11841: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of the contract value of the Fair Start Scotland programme was awarded to (a) the private sector, (b) the voluntary sector, (c) supported businesses and (d) local authorities.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 6 November 2017

Fair Start Scotland has been designed nationally but will be delivered locally, through new and innovative consortia and partnership approaches to delivery. It will see unprecedented levels of partnership working in provision of employability support, offer flexible, tailored support which focuses on those who need help to find work, and to stay in work.

The percentage breakdown of the contract value by sector based on the status of the lead provider is as follows:

Sector

% Share

Private and Third Sector Partnerships

33

Supported Businesses

30

Private Sector (excluding supported businesses)

26

Third Sector (excluding supported businesses)

6

Public Sector

5

Each lead provider has proposed a collaborative approach to delivery of Fair Start Scotland involving a mix of Public, Private, Supported Businesses and Third Sector organisations. Based on the status of the lead providers and their first tier delivery partners, the number of contract lots each sector is included in and the percentage of the overall contract value these lots represent is as follows:

Sector

Number of Contract Lots

% of the overall contract value these lots represent

Private and Third Sector Partnerships

2

33

Supported Businesses

5

61

Private Sector

6

74

Third Sector

8

95

Public Sector

2

11

Below the first tier of delivery partners, supporting contractors will come from across a range of sectors. It is anticipated supported businesses, the third sector and public bodies will deliver more than half of the provision of Fair Start Scotland service as either lead provider, first or second tier delivery partners.