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To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in publishing statistical information regarding the devolved employment service, Fair Start Scotland.


Answered by Jamie Hepburn (29/05/2019):

Fair Start Scotland (FSS) is Scotland’s devolved employability support service and is designed to offer personalised support on a voluntary basis to help people, including those who are further removed from the labour market, who want help to find work and stay in work.

The Scottish Government has proactively published information on its devolved employability services since December 2017. Today we are publishing the third set of statistics on Fair Start Scotland, outlining performance during the first twelve months of operation. In addition, for the first time the Scottish Government will report on employment outcomes for this new service.

These statistics show a total of 10,063 people joined Fair Start Scotland in its first year.

The publication also provides further information on the transitional services introduced in April 2017 and the Health & Work Support Pilot, which launched in June 2018.

We will continue to publish statistics on Fair Start Scotland on a quarterly basis.


Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 29/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting youth employment in the Almond Valley constituency.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting suicide prevention work in the Almond Valley constituency.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 09/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its response to the report on food poverty, Dignity: Ending Hunger Together in Scotland.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 02/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports research into and the treatment of endometriosis.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25/04/2019

To ask Scottish Government for what reason it stopped funding the network of One Stop Shops for autistic people and their families; what its position is on reports that local authorities have not prioritised funding for these, and whether it will consider reintroducing funding for such a network.


Answered by Clare Haughey (02/05/2019):

The Scottish Government has set out its commitment to autistic people and their families through the Scottish Strategy for Autism. In 2012, as part of this strategy, the Scottish Government provided funding to the three national autism charities to work jointly to deliver six one-stop shops in Scotland and develop local support services for people with autism.

Each One Stop Shop (OSS) was set up with seed funding from the Scottish Government. The expectation was that One Stop Shops would be sustainable in each locality by the end of government funding.

Strategy funding was intended to encourage the development of innovative services in localities and is not a source of funding for core local services, which are the responsibility of Health and Social Care Partnerships (H&SCP). They determine the services that are required to meet local needs.

It is regrettable that the valued One Stop Shops have not been sustained in all the localities where they were piloted or replicated in other localities with H&SCP funding. However, the Scottish Government respects that local services are the responsibility of Integration Joint Boards, who are aiming to deliver better care for people by making better use of the significant resources we invest in health and social care services. Their strategic commissioning approach ensures that partnerships must work with local communities, including families, and listen to their views and opinions as they seek to improve the quality and sustainability of services in their area.

In South Lanarkshire they have developed an Autism Resource Coordination Hub. It is a ‘hub’ for all autism services and support groups within South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership area. Whilst we welcome the continued funding of current OSS and the development of further OSS or Autism Hubs, we respect that this is a matter for individual Integration Joint Boards.


Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 02/05/2019

To ask Scottish Government what the role of Autism Network Scotland is; how much funding it receives; how its income is used, and how this is monitored.


Answered by Clare Haughey (02/05/2019):

The role of Autism Network Scotland is to support the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism. Their outcomes and conditions of grant are agreed annually and monitored quarterly by the Scottish Government. Their main outcomes are to:

  • deliver a hub of professional autism support,
  • highlight and share best practice across Health and Social Care Partnerships,
  • support Health and Social Care Partnerships in the implementation of autism action plans across Scotland
  • provide support to the Scottish Strategy for Autism priorities
  • and act as administrator for strategy governance and events.

Funding for financial year 2018-2019 was £450,000.


Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 02/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of spending each year in relation to its autism strategy.


Answered by Clare Haughey (02/05/2019):

The Scottish Government remains committed to improving the lives of autistic people, their families and carers through the Scottish Strategy for Autism. The funding allocated to the strategy, as detailed below, has been spent and used to help embed the strategy across local and national services and has focussed on key outcomes including diagnosis, education and transitions. This funding has also been used to support local and national projects working with autistic people, their families and carers through the Autism Innovation and Development funds.

Information on funding is included in the Budget Bill which is published annually. Current funding is provided to the strategy on an annual basis subject to the UK wide spending review in line with all other Scottish Government departments. It is expected that £3m will be allocated to the strategy in financial year 2019-20.

YEAR

BUDGET

2011-2012

£2.6m

2012-2013

£3.6m

2013-2014

£3.6m

2014-2015

£3.6m

2015-2016

£3.5m

2016-2017

£3m

2017-2018

£3m

2018-2019

£3m


Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 02/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much local authorities have spent on culture in each of the last two years for which information is available, also broken down by council.


Answered by Fiona Hyslop (10/04/2019):

The details are shown in the following table. Culture and Related Services includes Culture and Heritage, Tourism, Recreation and Sport and Library Services.

Table 1: Net Revenue Expenditure on Culture and Related Services, 2016-17 and 2017-18 by Local Authority

 

2016-17

2017-18

 
 

£000

£000

% change

Scotland

576,677

560,790

-2.75

Aberdeen City

26,537

26,825

1.08

Aberdeenshire

21,566

20,900

-3.08

Angus

9,053

8,390

-7.32

Argyll & Bute

7,818

7,346

-6.04

Clackmannanshire

5,049

4,341

-14.02

Dumfries & Galloway

14,858

14,619

-1.61

Dundee City

18,722

17,456

-6.76

East Ayrshire

8,515

8,547

0.37

East Dunbartonshire

8,835

9,523

7.78

East Lothian

16,600

16,112

-2.94

East Renfrewshire

8,424

8,973

6.52

Edinburgh, City of

36,898

31,415

-14.86

Eilean Siar

3,697

3,516

-4.89

Falkirk

14,234

14,774

3.79

Fife

41,342

41,167

-0.42

Glasgow City

102,581

100,726

-1.80

Highland

19,731

19,967

1.19

Inverclyde

8,498

8,159

-3.99

Midlothian

8,117

8,263

1.79

Moray

7,330

7,100

-3.14

North Ayrshire

18,015

15,912

-11.67

North Lanarkshire

34,893

33,241

-4.73

Orkney Islands

4,396

4,358

-0.86

Perth & Kinross

16,623

17,961

8.05

Renfrewshire

19,464

19,793

1.69

Scottish Borders

12,654

11,790

-6.83

Shetland Islands

4,621

4,290

-7.16

South Ayrshire

10,894

11,158

2.42

South Lanarkshire

28,902

28,104

-2.76

Stirling

9,112

10,180

11.72

West Dunbartonshire      

12,121       

12,587       

3.84

West Lothian

16,577

13,297

-19.79

 


Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 10/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-21305 and S5W-21308 by Humza Yousaf on 26 February 2019, although it has no power to provide consular assistance, what (a) financial and (b) other support it can offer to help the families (i) emotionally and practically and (ii) in meeting repatriation, translation, transport and other costs.


Answered by Humza Yousaf (03/04/2019):

The Scottish Government will, when appropriate, raise concerns with the Foreign Office on behalf of Scots affected by deaths abroad and signpost them to agencies in Scotland to help them access the support they require. Following repatriation of the deceased, several organisations within Scotland can provide support for the bereaved families including ‘Victim Support Scotland’.

In addition, there are a range of issues which Scottish families face when dealing with the death of a loved one abroad in suspicious circumstances, which are often also faced by victims of crime in Scotland. The Victims Taskforce will consider how these common issues can be tackled, informed by the experiences of victims themselves.

However, as I had previously indicated I do not believe that the current system is wholly satisfactory, and await with interest the report from the All-party UK Parliamentary Group on Deaths Abroad and Consular Services and Assistance and I am keen to explore this issue further.


Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 03/04/2019
 
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