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  • COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: For a fairer future

    Created: 07/10/2021

    The Scottish Government's 'For a Fairer Future' plan sets out the next steps in Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic, recognising that while the pandemic has affected every area of life in Scotland, those who were already struggling have been hardest hit by its effects.

    Main actions to be taken:

    • investing £200 million in adult upskilling and retraining opportunities to help retrain and reskill workers in areas of the economy particularly impacted by the pandemic and the transition to Net Zero;
    • helping low income families most at risk of experiencing poverty with £8.65 million for the Parental Employability Support Fund in 2021-22, and at least a further £15 million across 2022-24;
    • providing £15 million to local authorities in 2021-22 to deliver locally-based mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people aged 5 - 24;
    • rolling out the Scottish Child Payment to children under 16 by the end of 2022;
    • providing free school lunches to every child in primary school and to all children in state-funded special schools by August 2022;
    • ensuring staff delivering direct adult social care are paid at least the real Living Wage, with additional funding of £64.5 million this year;
    • assisting long-term unemployed people to gain fair work through the No One Left Behind approach with Local Government and the third sector with £20 million funding over the next 12 months;
    • ensuring every one aged between 16 and 24 will have the opportunity this year to study, take up an apprenticeship, job or work experience, or formal volunteering, as part of the Young Person’s Guarantee, with funding of up to £70 million;
    • developing a Student Mental Health Action Plan and delivering on the commitment for an additional 80 counsellors in universities and colleges in the next two years, backed by £4.2 million this year;
    • establishing a Women’s Business Centre, backed by £50 million across this Parliament, to provide accessible, relevant advice and support to women‑led businesses;
    • helping businesses to create green employment and opportunities through investment in equipment, premises, and research and development via the Green Jobs Fund; and
    • designing and implementing a skills guarantee for workers in carbon-intense sectors and delivering this through the Green Jobs Workforce Academy, working with agencies and other stakeholders.

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