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United Kingdom Budget 2014 Statement, 01/04/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 1 April 2014 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, on the financial implications of the United Kingdom budget 2014.

He said:

"As the First Minister announced in January, we will further expand the provision of early learning and childcare to make it available to more of our most vulnerable two-year-olds. As well as benefiting the children, that will open up employment opportunities for their families by removing lack of childcare as a barrier to work. To ensure that we have the physical capacity to meet our commitment to expand childcare, I have decided to allocate all the capital consequentials from the UK Government’s budget to local government.

We will continue to work with our partners at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to fully understand the capital cost implications of the expansion of childcare services, but the initial investment of £23.5 million in 2014-15 and £7.7 million in 2015-16 will emphasise our determination to properly resource our early learning and childcare services within the constraints of devolution.

The Government has made it clear that we will allocate a full-year cost of £42 million to local authorities to fund the expansion of free school meal eligibility. Recent discussions with COSLA have persuaded me to allocate a further £12 million of resources to local government on a full-year basis to replace the elements of subsidy that local authorities apply to the provision of school meals across Scotland. The allocations for 2014-15 will be adjusted to reflect the January 2015 start date of free school meal provision".

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 1 April 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 1 April 2014