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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22964: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22432 by Maree Todd on 29 April 2019, what effect it expects the charging of low prices for childcare services in council-run settings would have on private, voluntary and independent sector providers that cannot match such prices without making a loss.

Answered by: Maree Todd 16 May 2019

As highlighted in the answer to question S5W-22432, 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.

Local authorities are committed to ensuring the highest quality of local services for children and families, and in particular to supporting those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. How resources are used locally to support families – for example by helping parents and carers with the costs of childcare – is a matter for local decision-making in line with local democratic processes.