Dis­abled is­landers get help to find work

The Oban Times - - News -

WESTERN Isles res­i­dents liv­ing with health con­di­tions and dis­abil­i­ties will re­ceive help to find a job un­der new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment pow­ers.

The ser­vice, Work Able Scot­land and Work First Scot­land, which launched on April 1, is de­signed to help dis­abled peo­ple find and re­main in em­ploy­ment.

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity min­is­ter Jamie Hep­burn said he recog­nised the ‘dif­fer­ent needs’ of peo­ple liv­ing in the Western Isles but as­sured that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment had ‘a com­mit­ment to mak­ing sure our ser­vices are tai­lored to lo­cal is­sues, and are fairer and sim­pler for peo­ple to ac­cess’.

Mr Hep­burn added: ‘The de­vo­lu­tion of em­ploy­ment sup­port ser­vices is a real op­por­tu­nity to make Scot­land fairer. By mak­ing them vol­un­tary, we are putting dig­nity and re­spect at the heart of our sup­port so that par­tic­i­pants are not un­der threat of ben­e­fit sanc­tions through their in­volve­ment with our new ser­vices. We want them to be seen as an op­por­tu­nity and not a threat.’

Peo­ple in the Western Isles are en­cour­aged to con­tact their lo­cal Job­cen­tre Plus to find out if they are el­i­gi­ble for the ser­vice.

This will be one of the first ex­er­cises of de­volved pow­ers un­der the Scot­land Act 2016 which will see the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment de­liver one year tran­si­tional ser­vices to up to 4,800 peo­ple.

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