The Scottish Government have published the first report on the early stage of Fair Start Scotland. This report identifies initial areas of success and for improvement across the first six months of service delivery (to Sept 2018). The report states that:

Over two thirds (69%) of FSS participants reported having a long-term health condition. Mental health conditions were the most common, as reported by a third (33%) of participants. This was also the most prevalent health barrier reported by participants in earlier transitional employability services, WFS and WAS.

Of those who reported having a health condition, 85% reported that their ability to carry out day-to-day activities was either ‘limited a lot’ or ‘limited a little’ as a result. This means that over half (58%) of FSS participants reported having a disability.

Access the publication Fair Start Scotland evaluation report 1: implementation and early delivery review