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S5W-04518: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03782 by Mark McDonald on 3 November 2016, in light of the data in the response providing the information for children who are registered for the funding only, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding the number who are entitled to it.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 23 November 2016

As reported in the Financial Review, we estimate that there were around 16,000 two year olds entitled to free early learning and childcare in Scotland in 2015 under the terms of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This does not include those children receiving free ELC under the terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 or those children who receive free ELC based on local priorities. Our Scotland-level estimate is based on information from various sources most of which are not disaggregated to local authority level.

a) Looked after children (including children formally looked after in kinship care but not those subject to a Kinship Care Order) - The table below contains a breakdown of looked after 2 year olds entitled to free ELC by local authority. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Some of these children may also qualify under other criteria eg because their parents receive qualifying benefits.

b) Kinship Care Orders / Guardianship - We do not collect data on 2 year olds eligible for free ELC through kinship care orders or guardianship. As explained in the Financial Review, to derive the estimate of overall two year old eligibility, we estimated that looked after children, children under kinship care orders and children in guardianship combined were around 3 per cent of the population and that the total population is around 60,000. Some of these children may also qualify under other criteria eg because their parents receive qualifying benefits. We estimate that this applies to 70 per cent.

c) Qualifying benefits – Information on households in receipt of qualifying benefits is held by Department for Work and Pensions and by HMRC. They do not provide the relevant information on two year olds to Scottish Government at a local authority level. For Scotland as a whole, we estimate that around 15,200 two-year olds are eligible for free ELC because they live in a household in receipt of qualifying benefits.

d) In need / local priorities - Scottish Government does not collect data on the number of children entitled to free ELC under the terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 or those children who receive free ELC based on local priorities.

Number of looked after two year olds, 2015

 

LAC

Aberdeen City

30

Aberdeenshire

20

Angus

20

Argyll & Bute

10

Clackmannanshire

less than 10

Dumfries & Galloway

30

Dundee City

30

East Ayrshire

20

East Dunbartonshire

less than 10

East Lothian

10

East Renfrewshire

10

Edinburgh, City of

50

Eilean Siar

less than 10

Falkirk

20

Fife

60

Glasgow City

100

Highland

20

Inverclyde

10

Midlothian

10

Moray

10

North Ayrshire

40

North Lanarkshire

30

Orkney Islands

less than 10

Perth & Kinross

10

Renfrewshire

30

Scottish Borders

less than 10

Shetland Islands

less than 10

South Ayrshire

10

South Lanarkshire

20

Stirling

less than 10

West Dunbartonshire

20

West Lothian

20