People arriving from Ukraine on the Home Office visa routes are granted leave to remain and have recourse to public funds. This means that they will be entitled to work and access employability support.
It is important to ensure that people arriving from Ukraine are able to settle and decompress on arrival in Scotland. However, when appropriate, people will be supported to access training and given support to access employment.
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has also agreed to coordinate business contributions of employment offers. This will build on work undertaken to date to help Afghanistan arrivals access employment.
Access to employability support
Displaced people arriving from Ukraine are eligible for Fair Start Scotland support. Participants will be eligible for 12-18 months of tailored, flexible, and person-centred pre-employment support to help to find and stay in fair and sustainable work.
Providers are expected to do whatever is necessary to move each participant towards and into work, including addressing any language barriers.
For those people where mental health trauma may affect their ability to work, the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) work funded within Fair Start Scotland also provides support.
Access to employment-related benefits
Support for people seeking employment, in terms of support into work and access to benefits such as Universal Credit remain overseen by the UK Government at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Income-related benefits in relation to children such as Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit are also overseen by the UK Government, at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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