Failure of Scottish Government Flagship Work Referral scheme revealed

Failure of Scottish Government Flagship Work Referral scheme revealed

Failure of Scottish Government Flagship Work Referral scheme revealed

The Scottish Government's flagship ‘Fair Start Scotland’ work referral scheme has failed to deliver secure, sustainable and long-term employment opportunities for people across Stirling.

Mid Scotland & Fife MSP, Dean Lockhart says the SNP Government have failed to fully resource their flagship Fair Start Scotland scheme which has meant, that across the Country, only nine per cent of individuals referred to the scheme have stayed in employment for more than 26 weeks.

Across Stirling the figure is even worse with only 35 out of 610 (6%) people referred to the scheme by the end of March 2021 remained in employment for over six months.

Now in its third year this scheme will be even more important as we emerge from the Public Health emergency and try to avoid and economic crisis. It is essential it is properly resourced by the Scottish Government as people needing support across Stirling into sustainable jobs.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

“It is hugely concerning that such a small number of people across Stirling in this flagship Scottish government employment scheme are remaining in work.

"This is unfortunately very typical of how the SNP operate. They make a big fanfare but then nothing, all spin as usual.

"Schemes like this are far too important and must be properly resourced, especially as so many people will face job uncertainty at the moment.

"This scheme must start delivering and that needs a Scottish government 100% focused on our recovery."

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