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£124,800 FOR CARE EXPERIENCED YOUNG PEOPLE IN EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE



SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Rona Mackay, has said new funding from the Scottish Government will help provide targeted support for care experienced young people in East Dunbartonshire.

East Dunbartonshire has been handed £124,800 to invest in projects designed to boost the attainment of local care experienced children and young people.

The council will work with Chief Social Workers, and Directors of Education, to decide how the 2020/21 funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support.

Across Scotland, the SNP Government has pledged £11.6 million to support the fund.

Ms Mackay said,

“The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life.

“The challenges posed by this pandemic mean that the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the attainment gap are now more important than ever.

“That’s why I’m delighted East Dunbartonshire will receive this funding boost to help break down the barriers faced by our care experienced young people.

“Last year the fund was used to support a host of projects - from outdoor learning schemes, to providing laptops to help with studying at home.

“I look forward to seeing how the council uses this money to offer some of our most disadvantaged pupils the support they deserve.”

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Further details are available on the Scottish Government website:

https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-11-6-million-for-looked-after-children/

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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