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S5W-06396: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact would be on the number of (a) graduates of a BA in Childhood Practice and (b) teachers who are employed in nurseries of a reduction of £327 million to local government funding.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 February 2017

Taking next year's local government finance settlement plus the other sources of income available through potential increases in council tax, and Health and Social Care Integration, the overall increase in spending power to support local authority services amounts to £241 million (2.3 per cent in cash terms) or over £91 million (0.9 per cent in real terms).

In addition the Scottish Draft Budget 2017-18 has allocated over £60 million in new investment to support the expansion to 1,140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare entitlement.

This includes investment in the training and employment of new staff as well as the upskilling of some of the existing ELC workforce to ensure those currently within the sector have an opportunity to progress their careers. For example in order to support delivery of the Additional Graduate commitment the Scottish Government will invest nearly £1.5 million in 2017-18 to fund additional places for teacher training and on the BA Childhood Practice.