New employability scheme for low income families

Support to help parents into work

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A new initiative to support low income families with employment opportunities is being set up.

Prospects for Parents will help both unemployed parents find work and support those in work to secure better paid jobs, increasing their family income.

We received £814,000 from the Scottish Government's Parental Employability Support Fund to run this initiative.

Each person will work with a dedicated member of staff to identify their skills or training needs, as well as address any issues preventing them from getting a job or moving to a better paid job, such as childcare, health matters or travel.

They will also receive a financial assessment, money and welfare rights advice from the council's Financial Inclusion Team to maximize their income. When each person is ready to take on a job or apply for a new post, they will be supported by the council and its employability partners through the application and interview process.

"For some parents it can be very difficult to find employment or move on from a low paid job, which leaves them struggling on a low income and can lead to poverty and problems affecting them and their children," said Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of the Enterprise and Growth Committee.

"Through Prospects for Parents we aim to help more families out of the poverty trap, giving them the support they need to find and keep a job or progress to a better paid role. Increasing their family income, even by a little, can make a real difference to their quality of life, health and long-term prospects."

The initiative will target groups who are most likely to be in poverty such as lone and young parents, those with large or very young families, parents with a disability, and minority ethnic parents.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Prospects for Parents, contact us on Freephone 0800 0730 226.

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