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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19187: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Fair Work Action Plan will specifically cover equality and non-discrimination implications for awarding public finance or grants to organisations.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 14 November 2018

The Scottish Government is fully committed to Fair Work and in the absence of legislative powers over employment, the Fair Work Action plan will clearly articulate the actions we will take to help embed a culture of Fair Work and Fair Work practices in Scottish workplaces by 2025. Our new default position – Fair Work First – will see Fair Work criteria extended to as many funding streams and business support grants as we can.

The Scottish Public Finance Manual provides guidance on accountability arrangements for the use of public resources, such as grant payments. Funding will remain subject to the lead business area being satisfied as to the standing and relevant experience / expertise of the recipient and any deliver partners.