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  • First Minister Announces New Childcare, Poverty and Housing Plans

    Created: 05/09/2023
    News/Events Category: Governance
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    Childcare is at the centre of the programme for government in Scotland, as announced by First Minister, Humza Yousaf, on Tuesday 05 September 2023. Here is an overview from the announcement in Parliament that may affect your organisation or community: 

    • Yousaf said more than £400m would be invested into the Scottish Child Payment scheme;
    • The government announced an expansion programme of free school meals meaning it will be rolled out to P6 and P7 pupils;
    • By February, the Scottish government will look to remove income thresholds for the Best Start Foods programme. This will help an estimated 20,000 mothers and children who Yousaf says will benefit from support for healthy food;
    • Yousaf announced a pilot for care from nine months to the end of primary school; 
    • The government are aiming to improve childminder recruitment
    • They will increase social care workers' pay from £10.90 per hour to £12 per hour from April 2024;
    • The FM also promised £750m for affordable homes – with 10% to be built in island and rural communities. This will help the government to meet its target of securing 110,000 affordable homes by 2032.  


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