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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22432: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the reported charging of £2.65 for childcare services in council-run settings in South Lanarkshire Council in instances where children have turned three years old but are not yet fully eligible for funded entitlement is in line with Annex 4 (competition law) in the Fees and Charges section of the Scottish Public Finance Manual.

Answered by: Maree Todd 29 April 2019

The Scottish Public Finance Manual is not applicable to local government. It applies to public bodies, or bodies sponsored by the Scottish Government, all of which are subject to audit by the Auditor General for Scotland.

Local authorities have discretionary powers to provide early learning and childcare beyond the statutory entitlement under section 1(1C) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and may charge for such provision in terms of section 33(2) of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000.