The first contract under newly devolved employment support powers was awarded by the Scottish Government last week
In one of the first exercises of devolved powers under the Scotland Act 2016, the £14 million Work First Scotland programme will deliver employment support for 3,300 disabled people, including pre-work and in-work support. It will be a voluntary service delivered locally using public, third sector and private capabilities, by three organisations: The Shaw Trust, Momentum Scotland and Remploy.
An initial one-year contract will come into effect from April 2017 to provide continuity of support for those who need it most. This is a significant step towards the full Scottish programme of employment support starting in April 2018.