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S5W-15597: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Commission on Older Women report, Older Women and Work: Looking to the Future, which was published in 2015, and what progress it has made regarding the report's recommendations.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 25 April 2018

The Scottish Government agrees that supporting women of all ages in the labour market is a key priority and that older women face particular challenges. The number of older women in Scotland who chose to work continues to increase and the Scottish Government is committed to enabling them to remain in employment for as long as they wish to.

The Scottish Government has implemented all the recommendations highlighted in the Scottish Commission on Older Women report, continues to provide support to address long standing barriers for women within the labour market to enable a level playing field for women through different interventions, such as:

Workplace Equality Fund

Carer Positive Awards scheme

Close the Gap

Scottish Business Pledge

Friendly Working Scotland Partnership

Women Returner’s programme

Fair Start Scotland