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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22181: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government which providers it has considered to assume responsibility for employability programmes in Scotland administered by Working Links.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 March 2019

The Scottish Government did not hold any employability contracts with Working Links (Employment) Limited. Working Links did hold shares in Start Scotland Limited which delivers two Fair Start Scotland contracts. The selling of these shares to Fedcap Rehabilitation Services was a matter for Start Scotland Limited and the appointed administrator and not the Scottish Government.

At no stage have Start Scotland Limited stopped administering their Fair Start Scotland contract, which they continue to do.