Employment Support

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th October 2017.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

As I said, integration and alignment of services is critical for this Administration. There will be an opportunity, through the range of providers that we have put in place, to begin work in that regard.

We have already announced a £2.5 million pot of funding for integration and alignment, through which 15 projects, in 13 local authority areas, will better support people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or housing needs and people who have come out of the justice system.

I recognise inherently the need to support people in all aspects of their life and in their journey towards employment. That is not as simple as focusing purely on employment skills; issues will arise in a person’s life, which is why the integration and alignment agenda is so important to us and why we will take that opportunity through this programme.