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Scheme to help ill or disabled find work.

A scheme started this week aimed at helping people across Forth Valley who because of ill health or disability have struggled to find work.

The Scottish Government's devolved employability service started up yesterday (Tuesday).

It marks the start of the Scottish Government's PS96 million Fair Start Scotland which delivers locally targeted employment support for people "further from the jobs market".

Fair Start Scotland will be delivered in Forth Valley by Falkirk Council in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council and NHS Forth Valley.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said: "We want this new service to be seen as an opportunity.

"That's why participating in Fair Start Scotland is voluntary, so people can choose to participate, rather than being driven by the fear of sanctions."

Councillor David Alexander, Falkirk Council's spokesperson for economic development added: "This will provide great support for those looking for employment but who have faced difficulties through ill health or disability.

"It will boost the confidence of people as well as give them great employability skills and experience that will put them into a far better position to find full or part-time employment or even become selfemployed.

"All of the advisers who will support the applicants are fully trained and dedicated to helping to support those wanting to find work across Forth Valley."

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
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Date:Apr 4, 2018
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