Date lodged: 5 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-01927 by Maree Todd on 22 March 2018 (Official Report, c.1), what impact it considers the decision by Glasgow City Council to increase childcare fees will have on parents considering a return to the labour market.
Answered by: Maree Todd 3 May 2018
As I set out in my answer to S5O-01927, this is a matter for the local authority. It is for Glasgow City Council to manage the fulfilment of their duties and to consider how best to support families in their area more widely.
We will fully fund the expansion to 1,140 hours and we are encouraging local authorities to phase in the expansion in a way that ensures those who will benefit most from the increase, will benefit first. I understand Glasgow City Council has recently announced a change to the number of hours some families receive.
Any increase in funded hours will reduce the need for wrap-around hours and we estimate once the expansion to 1140 hours is fully rolled out, this will save Scottish families around £4,500 a year.
As I set out in my discussion with the Education and Skills Committee on 21 March, the primary intention of the expansion to 1140 hours is to improve outcomes for children. However, if we can also improve the family income by building in more flexibility, freeing parents up to go into education or to work longer hours, then we will improve outcomes for the whole family.