Meet the Buyer 2021

The 12th Annual Meet the Buyer 2021 will take place as a live, virtual event on 8 June 2021. Headline partners include the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

Meet the Buyer 2021 is the event of the year for engagement with buyers as the public sector turns towards economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Year on year, the Supplier Development Programme consistently facilitates suppliers with access to the public sector, and though virtual, Meet the Buyer 2021 will provide suppliers with the ability to raise your

Welfare reform, Scotland
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A fundamental review of disability assistance in Scotland must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for a long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

Following the devolution of powers over disability and ill-health benefits to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security, has launched its long-term vision for disability assistance in Scotland. 

The Scotland Government has published an action plan for the future care and support of people living with neurological conditions.

The term ‘neurological conditions’ includes a wide range of conditions, disorders and syndromes affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.

A new plan has been launched to help support people with learning disabilities.

There are 26,349 people with learning disabilities in Scotland with only 7%  employed and 6.2% in further education.

The Keys to Life framework, launched by the Scottish Government and council umbrella body Cosla, sets out plans to inform more employers about available help, such as a job coach or supported employment.

The Scottish Governnment has published its Employment Action Plan for people who have a disability.

With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years. The plan sets an initial ambition to increase the employment rate of disabled people to 50% by 2023 then to 60% by 2030.

The action plan also includes:

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment Task Group report to Scottish Government Ministers.

The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability.

The report states 4 priorities for action:

The Scotland First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced £1 million in new funding to support employers in recruiting disabled people.

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.

Policy & research organisations
Strategy, Scotland, Customer engagement
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This report from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability maps the employability landscape for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The report details the findings, and includes conclusions and specific recommendations for a variety of stakeholders. Four key action areas have been identified. They include the need to: * Overcome the low expectations held by parents, schools, colleges and employers.

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