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Current Policy Developments

9 September 2019 

Below are our current policy developments:

No One Left Behind

In March 2018, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, launched No One Left Behind: Next Steps for Employability Support in Scotland, the Scottish Government's plan to deliver more effective and joined-up employability support across Scotland and improve employment outcomes for people.

'The No-One Left Behind Employability Funding Stream' helps people of all ages to gain skills and confidence. It is there to help people prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering.

Gender Pay Gap

A fairer Scotland for women: gender pay gap action plan: Addressing the gender pay gap is a key element of delivering inclusive economic growth and in helping to tackle child poverty. 

One of the biggest and most persistent labour market inequalities we face relates to women. Women consistently experience a range of damaging labour market disadvantages. The main indicator for this is the overall gender pay gap which currently sits at 15 per cent. 

While most countries have a gender pay gap, the Scottish Government is determined to move beyond narrow and outmoded thinking about the inevitability of the situation and to close Scotland's pay gap. This action plan is part of a range of labour market action plans designed to lay out meaningful steps to address inequality in the labour market. 

Disability

The Scottish Government is focused on creating a more successful Scotland, with opportunities for all to flourish via sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Ensuring that the rights of disabled people are respected and maintained is central to inclusive growth.

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan was published by the Scottish Government on December 2018. It outlines the actions Scottish Government will take to meet its ambitions to at least halve the disability employment gap in Scotland.

Parental Employability Support Fund (PESF)

" Every Child, Every Chance" is the first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan due under the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and is backed by a range of investments including the £50m Tackling Child Poverty Fund. Scottish Government will be investing £12 million of the Tacking Child Poverty Fund to the Parental Employability Fund.

The investment will offer help for parents through an employability key worker approach in two main areas:

1.         Person-centred help to address parents barriers to work, which might include health support, money advice or motivational support

2.         Help meeting the increasing challenge of in-work poverty, targeting in-work support to help parents already in jobs to remain in the workplace and gain progression through a rewarding career.

This support compliments Fair Start Scotland and the aim is that the range of support available helps parents to achieve household incomes in excess of current poverty thresholds for each specific family type.

Fair Start Scotland (FSS)

In April 2018, the Scottish Government launched the first ever fully devolved Employment support service - Fair Start Scotland (FSS). Fair Start Scotland aims to support people to achieve their full potential and deliver Scottish Government priorities on sustainable economic growth, fair work and social justice.

Fair Start Scotland delivers a person centred service and particularly aims to support those who are long term unemployed (reaching 2 years on Job Seekers Allowance/ Universal Credit equivalent). Through FSS the Scottish Government requires our suppliers to promote equality of opportunity in service delivery. 

You can find out more of the service provider who is responsible for delivering Fair Start Scotland in your area by visiting www.mygov.scot/fairstart.

Specialist Employment Support (SES)

Scottish Government officials have been working closely with Department for Work and Pensions colleagues to agree the final funding settlement for SES, as part of the UK Government transfer of funding relating to employment support powers being devolved through the Scotland Act (2016).  

The Scottish Government wish to create support to meet the specific needs of disabled people in Scotland for whom more mainstream employment support is not appropriate, for example those individuals with sensory disabilities or a combination of disabilities and health conditions which requires specialist knowledge and understanding.

The Scottish Government is focused on creating a more successful Scotland, with opportunities for all to flourish via sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Ensuring that the rights of disabled people are respected and maintained is central to inclusive growth.

Developing the Young Workforce (Dec 2014) 

Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy sets out how the Scottish Government will implement the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce.

Opportunities for All

An explicit commitment to an offer of a place in learning or training to every 16-19 year old who is not currently in employment, education or training.  This commitment now sits within the No One Left Behind Employability Funding Stream delivered by Local Authorities.