– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th August 2009.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-25958

To ask the Scottish Executive what new actions have been taken to tackle unemployment in the last 12 months.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Employment is an issue reserved to the UK Government who have introduced a range of new initiatives over the last 12 months.

However, in addition to this, 13 Community Planning Partnerships in Scotland were awarded £38.6 million in European Social Fund (ESF) and £11.2 million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in 2008 grants to support more people in target areas to move towards, and into, sustained employment over the two years to 2010.

In April this year, the eligibility rules for Training for Work (TfW), the Scottish Government’s vocational skills programme for the unemployed, were changed to allow access to the programme when people reach the three month unemployed stage – previously they had to wait for six months. Lone parents, those with disabilities and those recently made redundant are among specific groups who already have immediate access to the programme.

An additional 3,150 TfW training places will be available in the coming year following an award of almost £3 million ESF money in June of this year.

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