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Employment Support Scotland gives providers, regardless of sector, size or specialism, an equal voice in Scotland.
Following the independence vote in September 2014, Westminster Govenrment is delivering ‘devo max’ to Scotland, which includes giving control over employment services to the Scottish Parliament. ERSA's submission to the Smith Commission called for the devolution of outsourced employment services to also include devolving responsibility for Jobcentre Plus and in work benefits. Currently, only outsourced employment services are to be devolved.
Given this changing landscape, it is vital that the providers of employment support services in Scotland are able to offer their expertise to help shape the design of future programmes, to ensure that the best possible services can be delivered to jobseekers and provide value for money for the taxpayer. The Scottish Network believes there is a huge opportunity to commission more integrated services which bring together health, employment and skills in Scotland and is working towards this overall aim.
ERSA has led a series of consultation events feeding into the Scottish Government Consultation Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support: A Discussion Paper. ERSA's response to the consultation is available here.