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

It occurs to me that some of the problems with predecessor programmes occurred when Mr Cole-Hamilton’s party was in government. The fundamental point is that any organisation works to a policy that was set by the Administration that procured the service. I have laid out clearly the fact that our model is very different from the model that went before it, when the service was in the UK Government’s hands, not least in that people will not be compelled to take part—the service will be voluntary. I believe that we will get more out of people in that way.

I assure Mr Cole-Hamilton that there will be a significantly different approach under the contracts, just as there has been during this transitional year. One of my great joys has been in going out to see people who have benefited from the programme that we put in place this year. They have informed me that that programme is drastically different from and far superior to the programmes that they went through when this area was in the hands of the Department for Work and Pensions.