Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2017-18

Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for addressing equality and human rights over the year ahead. Actions relating to equality for people with a disability include:

  • Delivering for disabled people through our Disability Delivery Plan - commended by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • We will use new powers to provide employment support to disabled people and those at risk of long-term unemployment. Fair Start Scotland - our devolved employment support scheme - will begin in April 2018 and will support at least 38,000 people.
  • A new pilot work experience scheme will be aimed at helping disabled people find permanent employment. 

  • A disability internship programme will provide 120 opportunities in the third sector, public sector and in politics between 2017 and 2012. A two year NHS internship programme will support disabled graduates too. 

  • We will publish Scotland’s first National Action Plan on British Sign Language this October to improve access to information and services for BSL users. 

  • To tackle the additional barriers faced by disabled people seeking election, we will continue the Access to Elected Office Fund for the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections.