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

I am delighted that Dean Lockhart has got on to the territory of the cost of this service. We have leveraged in additional revenue of £20 million per year from the rest of our budget to make up for the significant cuts that his party’s Government sent to our Administration through the devolution of this service.

The assurances that Dean Lockhart seeks are of course set out as contractual provisions. We will monitor the contracts very carefully indeed, and if any committee of the Parliament ever wants to ask me about any issues, I will happily respond to the committee or raise the matter in the chamber. We have announced the contracts today and the detail of those contracts will be available in the Scottish Parliament information centre, to which I am sure Mr Lockhart will run immediately after this statement finishes.