Fears of soaring costs over nursery places in Scotland

Ministers in Scotland may face a clash with local authorities as uncertainty arises over the cost of extending free nursery education to Scottish pre-school children. This is from the Times

Councils fear being left out of pocket when entitlement is increased from 475 to 600 hours a year for all three and four-year-olds and some two-year-olds.

…It is estimated that the cost of the childcare proposals to councils in the Children and Young People Bill will peak at £108 million in 2016-17, and fall to £96.2 million in 2018-19. The Scottish government has promised to cover the costs but there are doubts over what these will be and for how long they will be covered.

“In written evidence Cosla stated the Bill was a ‘complex piece of legislation with significant implications for local authorities. The accuracy of the Scottish Government’s analysis and therefore the funding that would be made available depends on a large number of assumptions that will not be fully tested until the Bill is implemented’,” said the finance committee report.

“Cosla further stated … there were ‘several areas’ of the Bill for which the government’s assumptions (and therefore the financial implications) were ‘not robust enough’. Cosla pointed out the Bill’s implementation period was expected to stretch beyond … the life of the current parliament.”..

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Have promises been made without the necessary details being adequately thought through, or will this all work out ok in the wash? Do let us know what you think in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove
    working mums puts the cost of living up for everyone….and nursery workers want fair pay too. Stay at home, mums

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