From 3 April Scotland’s new £96m devolved employment support schemes begin work.

How will the SNP Scottish Government use powers over employment support services?

In April 2017, new transitional employment support services, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland, were put in place ahead of the full roll-out next year. In the first six months, almost 3,500 people joined the new transitional employability services which support individuals with disabilities and health conditions.

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From 3 April Scotland’s new £96m devolved employment support schemes begin work.

An additional £20 million of funding for the services will ensure up to 4,800 disabled people and people with health conditions will receive help to get into work.

From April 2018 a new £96 million Fair Start Scotland will replace these temporary schemes, aiming to help at least 38,000 people find work. The scheme, like the transitional services, will be voluntary so participants will not face the threat of Tory benefit sanctions if they are using our services.


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Closing the attainment gap in education and raising the bar for all is the key priority of the Scottish Government.

As part of our wider reforms, over 2,300 schools have already benefited from receipt of Pupil Equity Funding – which provides support to those schools who need it most and empowers headteachers to spend it on additional staff and resources at their discretion. As at September 2017, 507 FTE teachers have been recruited through the Pupil Equity Fund.

In 2018-19, the Scottish Government will:

  • allocate £179 million to local authorities through the Attainment Scotland Fund, and continue to allocate £750 million over the term of the Parliament.

This will include:

  • £120 million directly to headteachers through the Pupil Equity Funding
  • £59 million in Attainment Scotland funding, which will continue to provide targeted support for those authorities and schools supporting children and young people in greatest need
  • protect local authority core revenue budgets in cash terms, to reduce pressure on education and other budgets
  • provide £10 million to organisations that provide support to children and young people with complex additional support needs
  • deliver key commitments in the STEM Education and Training Strategy, by supporting public science engagement initiatives, including science centres and festivals and a new national STEM engagement campaign
  • commit an overall funding package of £88 million in the local government finance settlement to support both achieving a pupil teacher ratio at a national level and ensuring that places are provided for all probationers who require one under the teacher induction scheme
  • provide an additional £24 million to fully cover the 2017 teachers’ pay offer


Oban Common Good Fund

The Oban Common Good Fund was set up in 1913 when Miss Janet Sinclair bequeathed her properties in Stafford Street and Dalriach Road to the Oban Town Council “for the Common good of the Burgh of Oban and its inhabitants”.

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She specified that “£200 was to be distributed among the “deserving poor” This bequest was to carry out the wishes of her late brother John Sinclair an Oban Merchant who had died in 1910.

The Oban Common Good Fund was held by Oban Town Council until 1975 when it was inherited by Argyll and Bute District Council. At the last reorganisation of local government in 1996, Argyll & Bute Council took over administration of the fund. Members whose wards include any part of the former Burgh act as Trustees of the Fund, and in terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 when considering Common Good Fund applications they must ‘have regard to the interests of the inhabitants of the area to which the common good related prior to 16th May 1975’ – i.e. in this case Oban.

In 1982 the Common Good properties in Stafford Street were sold. It is the interest from these investments which is available to the Trustees to disburse. The invested capital cannot be spent. The Fund meets on a quarterly basis, and over the past 8 years have dispersed grants totalling nearly £250,000 to a wide variety of local organisations.
The Trustees of the Fund meet to conduct fund business on four occasions per year (February, May, August and November) and the deadline for receipt of applications is 15th January, April, July and October respectively. The Trustees have been strengthened by two members of the community, the Chair of the Community Council and a representative from the local church community.

Each Application is scrutinised on its own merits and a decision reached and recorded.

Argyll and Bute Council now publishes the minutes and decisions of the Fund on its website, and you can access these via the following link minutes and agendas of the Oban Common Good Fund meetings. Minutes of Common Good Fund meetings are also routinely tabled at Area Committee meetings for noting.

The value of the Fund currently stands at just over £1million, and the available income varies with the financial market and rises and falls accordingly.

Visit Argyll and Bute Council link for full details and to apply.

Application forms can be downloaded here!

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Source: Oban Common Good Fund