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About Fair Start Scotland

With dignity and respect at its core - participation in Fair Start Scotland  is voluntary meaning people can choose to take part without fear that it will affect existing benefits

Fair Start Scotland  builds on the success of our transitional services Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland, which have been running over the past year - and are on track to support over 4800 people move towards and into employment.

Fair Start Scotland is delivered in nine contract areas across Scotland to reflect the reality of Scotland's geography, regional economies and population spread.

Fair Start Scotland is being delivered collaboratively across a range of private, public and third sector delivery partners including a range of specialist providers to ensure people receive the right type of support for them. Details of the contract areas and providers can be found here.

Fair Start Scotland:

  • Has been developed by listening to the views of people who rely on employment support.
  • Is funded by the Scottish Government, with Scottish Ministers committing an additional £20m over and above UKG funding in each year of Parliament - committing up to £96 million overall.
  • Is delivered in nine areas across Scotland, reflecting the reality of Scotland's geography, regional economies and population spread.
  • Encourages Service Providers to commit to the Fair Work, Workforce and Community Benefits agendas (for example by promoting living wage employment, no use of zero hours contracts or umbrella companies and supporting the Scottish Business Pledge).
  • Includes an offer of supported employment - an internationally recognised 'place and  train' model enabling disabled people to learn on the job with support from colleagues and a job coach.