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
- 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