Scottish Government Draft Budget 2019-20 - Call for Views

In advance of the publication of the Draft Budget for 2019-20 later in the year, we want your views on the Scottish Government’s spend on 1) employment support and fair work and 2) community and locally owned energy. You are welcome to respond to either or both areas.


The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee will be looking at how the Scottish Government’s budget promotes employment and encourages fair work, with a focus on Scotland’s new employment support services; and the financing and support available to community and locally owned energy.

Employment support and fair work

For further context, please see: Employability in Scotland, Fair Start Scotland, the No One Left Behind strategy document, Scottish Enterprise’s business plan, Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s operating plan, and the UK Department for Education’s guide to Apprenticeship funding.

  • Scottish Enterprise Business Plan 2018-2019 (2.81MB pdf)

    How Scotland’s new employment support budget is helping people into work
  • What are your views on how contract awards are decided and how “payment by outcome” works?
  • How can the Scottish Government ensure “guaranteed service standards” and avoid “parking and creaming”?
  • How well do the newly devolved services work with reserved Job Centre Services?
  • What can be done to ensure high levels of participation when the programme is voluntary?
  • How are delivery agents and the Scottish Government helping people move into sustained and fair employment?
  • How should success be measured?

The role of the enterprise agencies (Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise) in supporting and growing good quality employment

  • How are the budgets of the enterprise agencies used to help businesses employ more people?
  • What are the examples of the enterprise agencies safeguarding jobs?
  • How do the enterprise agencies use their budgets to attract foreign investment?
  • How do the enterprise agencies use their budgets to improve job quality and ensure fair employment?
  • What has been the impact of recent budget reductions on the enterprise agencies’ ability to provide, maintain and safeguard employment within the areas they serve?
  • How are the enterprise agencies’ budgets being used to address productivity and employment gaps between Scotland’s top and bottom performing local authority areas?

Apprenticeship levy

  • How is Apprenticeship Levy money being used in Scotland?
  • Has this UK Government policy led to employers taking on more apprentices?


Community and Locally Owned Energy

For further context, please see: the CARES scheme and Local Energy Scotland’s involvement in delivering the scheme.


  • What are your views on the Scottish Government’s approach to financing and supporting community and locally owned energy?
  • Is there adequate funding to hit the 2020 target of 1GW of community and locally owned energy by 2020 and 2GW by 2030?
  • Which technologies (heat and/or electricity) have the most potential to transform communtiy and locally owned energy, and are resources being adequately targeted?
  • Are the organisational structures adequate to enable this?
  • Is the joint focus on community and locally owned energy the correct approach? How might support for community energy be better targeted? What are the benefits and potential drawbacks of different ownership models?
  • Are there any other issues in relation to Scottish Government support for community and locally owned energy that you would like to highlight?


How to submit your views

Please see our policy on how we treat the information you send us

The call for written views will close on
Friday 7 September.

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Please use the template provided to format your submission
. This includes the Data Protection Form. Please complete this form and send it in with your submission. 

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee.

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format to the following address: 

[email protected]

Ideally they should be no more than four sides of A4. If you cannot submit electronically you may send in a hard copy written submission. If you are sending in a hard copy submission please print off and include a copy of the Data Protection Form.  Please send them to:

Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee
Room T3.40
Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP


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