Date lodged: 21 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much it provided in (a) real and (b) cash terms to increase the proportion of looked-after children moving on from school into (i) education, (ii) training and (iii) employment in each year since 2007.
Answered by: John Swinney 5 October 2016
In addition, the Scottish Government block grant to local authorities also included allocations of funding in support of the Pathways process for looked after children. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities. I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-01006 on 1 July 2016 that details expenditure on Children and Families social work by Scottish local authorities for financial years 2007-08 to 2014-15. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:
The Scottish Government does not provide ring-fenced funding for looked after children moving from school into education, training and employment. However, a wide range of provisions to support all young people’s post-16 transitions, including for looked after children and care leavers, have been delivered and funded by a number of partners including Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland, Local Authorities and the Third Sector. All funding will have been set out in annual Budget and Spending Reviews and programmes will have contributed to the delivery of the national outcomes aimed at raising standards in schools and closing the attainment gap, and delivering opportunities to our young people regardless of their family background.