Working for families
The Executive's Working for Families (WFF) programme has helped nearly 12,000 parents across Scotland over its first two years, a research report published today has found.
At a conference in Glasgow Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson said:
"Working for Families is about innovation. It's about working in partnership to develop the most effective support for some of the most vulnerable individuals and families across Scotland.
"The 12,000 parents helped by the programme faced a range of challenges. They may have been lone parents, they may have been on a low income, they may have had health problems.
"It has been the task of Working for Families to respond to these differences and to create individual solutions for individual people - going beyond the too often standard response of "one size fits all". Whatever their problems, Working for Families has been there.
"This research shows that around 46 per cent have already made a positive transition into work, education or training, or have taken part in activities such as volunteering. The research also shows that Working for Families is increasing the confidence of parents to take charge of their lives and access the opportunities available to them.
"Working for Families is having a lasting impact on parents' lives and will continue to do so. Not only in helping parents find childcare and employment, but by increasing their confidence and self-esteem and helping them believe in a better future. A future with prospects for them and their children."
WFF is receiving £50 million of Communities funding, allocated to a selection of local authorities for 2004-08.
WFF is designed to support disadvantaged parents in deprived areas and groups to progress towards or into employment by removing childcare and other barriers. Parents in three main groups are given targeted employability support:
- Parents on a low income
- Lone parents
- Parents with other stresses in the household that make it difficult to sustain employment, including disability, mental health and drug and alcohol problems
The Executive shares with the UK government a commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020, to attain an overall 80 per cent employment rate and to help 70 per cent of lone parents into work.