Scotland Govt awards Fair Start contracts

The Scottish Government has awarded contracts worth up to £96 million to help people find and stay in work. Fair Start Scotland service aims to help at least 38,000 people to find employment and will start in April 2018. Participation will be on a voluntary basis. The programme includes funding for supported employment and IPS provision.

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that these employment support services will be delivered by a mix of public, private and third sector organisations in nine contract areas across Scotland. This new partnership approach will see more than half of provision delivered by supported businesses and by third sector and public sector bodies in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is already using its new powers through the Scotland Act to deliver one year transitional employment support services – Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland which are helping unemployed people across Scotland, ahead of the full roll-out in 2018.

Key elements of the service are:

  • Participation will be entirely voluntary;
  • All participants can expect to receive in-depth action planning to ensure the support they receive is tailored for them and suits their individual needs and circumstances;
  • The service will offer pre-work support of 12-18 months;
  • The service will offer high quality in-work support for 12 months;
  • Those who require specialist support to help them find work can expect to receive it;
  • There will be national standards to ensure everyone is supported consistently across the 9 geographic contract areas across Scotland;
  • For disabled customers who require intensive support, Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support will be available.

Delivery partners include BASE members, Working Links, Momentum and the Scottish Association for Mental Health. The successful bidders for the nine contract areas across Scotland are:

Contract area Local authority Successful Bidder Delivery Partners/Sub Contracted Estimated Value (up to £ million)
1 - Glasgow Glasgow

People Plus Group Ltd (Private)

  • Remploy (Supported Business)
  • Momentum (Third Sector)
  • The Lennox Partnership (Third Sector)
2 - Lanarkshire

N Lanarkshire

S Lanarkshire

Remploy Limited (Supported Business)

  • ENABLE Scotland (Third Sector)
  • Routes to Work South (Third Sector)
3 - Tayside


Dundee City

Perth and Kinross

Remploy Limited (Supported Business)

  • Rathbone (Third Sector)
  • The Wise Group (Third Sector)
4 - Forth Valley




Falkirk Council (Public Sector)

  • Falkirk Council (Public Sector)
  • Clackmannanshire Council (Public Sector)
  • Stirling Council (Public Sector)
  • NHS Forth Valley (Public Sector)
5 - East

City of Edinburgh

East Lothian


Scottish Borders

West Lothian


Start Scotland Limited

(Private and Third Sector Partnership)

  • Momentum (Third Sector)
  • Triage (Private)
  • Working Links (Private)
6 - Southwest

North Ayrshire

South Ayrshire

East Ayrshire

Dumfries and Galloway

Start Scotland Limited (Private and Third Sector Partnership)

  • Working Links (Private)
  • Rathbone (Third Sector)
  • The Lennox Partnership (Third Sector)
  • The Wise Group (Third Sector)
7 - Northeast

Aberdeen City


Momentum Scotland (Third Sector)

  • Life Skills Centres Limited (Private)
  • ENABLE Scotland (Third Sector)
  • Aberdeen Foyer (Third Sector)
  • Scottish Association for Mental Health (Third Sector)
  • Enterprise Mentoring Ltd (Private)
8 - Highlands and Islands

Argyll and Bute

Eilean Siar



Orkney Islands

Shetland Islands

People Plus Ltd (Private)

  • Argyll and Bute Council (Public Sector)
  • Life Skills Centres Ltd (Private)
  • Lochaber Hope (Third Sector)
  • Momentum Scotland (Third Sector)
  • Third Sector Hebrides (Third Sector)
  • 2020 Clearview Ltd (Private)
9 - West

E Renfrewshire


E Dunbartonshire

W Dunbartonshire



The Wise Group (Third Sector)

  • Scottish Association for Mental Health (Third Sector)
  • The Lennox Partnership (Third Sector)
  • Working Links (Private)
  • ENABLE Scotland (Third Sector)
  • Royal National Institute for the Blind (Third Sector)