26 February 2020

Statistics published this morning have shown that the SNP Government’s Fair Start Scotland (FSS) Scheme has delivered jobs for only marginally over a quarter of workers involved.

Despite 30,348 people being referred to FSS, only 19,003 people have joined. From that number, only 5,133 started a job, resulting in a success rate of merely 27 per cent.

Fair Start Scotland was introduced to meet the needs of those who face a range of challenges in obtaining work, including people with a disability or health condition, people with convictions, care-experienced young people, single parents, refugees, ethnic minorities, and people who live in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

While the disability employment rate sitting at almost half that of employment for non-disabled people, programmes such as FSS are not going far enough to eradicate inequalities in the labour market.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Finance, Jobs and Fair Work Spokesperson Rhoda Grant said :

“Despite its noble intentions, the Fair Start Scotland scheme is failing to deliver the jobs so badly needed by those involved.

“With the huge inequalities that exist in the labour market, schemes such as Fair Start Scotland are vital in ensuring disabled people, ethic minorities and care-experienced people, among others, are given the opportunity to work.

“That only 45 per cent of disabled people are in employment compared to over 80 per cent for non-disabled people is shocking, and highlights the need for Fair Start Scotland to be functioning as well as possible. “Scottish Labour calls on the SNP government to review the Fair Start Scotland scheme and see how it can be made to serve those that so badly need it.”
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