Date lodged: 26 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with North Lanarkshire Council regarding reports that the local authority has changed its policy regarding the administration of the pupil equity fund.
Answered by: John Swinney 10 May 2017
The Scottish Government has had regular dialogue with North Lanarkshire Council in relation to the administration of Pupil Equity Funding. We have received assurances from the council that it is has withdrawn a proposal that did not meet all the conditions associated with this funding. Pupil Equity Funding must enable Headteachers and school leaders to deliver activities, interventions or resources which are clearly additional to those which were already planned and targeted to closing the poverty related attainment gap.