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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20455: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase transparency of local government finances in relation to the accounts of local authority-run early learning and childcare services.

Answered by: Maree Todd 4 January 2019

The Scottish Government commissioned a financial review of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector in 2016. This provided a detailed breakdown of the costs of delivering ELC in local authority, private partner and voluntary settings across Scotland.

The report included information on the unit cost per hour of delivering ELC in local authority settings, broken down into five categories of revenue expenditure.

The report was published on the Scottish Government website and can be accessed at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/financial-review-early-learning-childcare-scotland-current-landscape/