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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17565: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 3 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support the parents of disabled children during school holiday periods.

Answered by: Maree Todd 31 July 2018

Part 3 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on each local authority and relevant health board to jointly prepare a children's services plan covering children’s services and related services over a three-year period. A range of other relevant national and local bodies, including the third sector, are expected to be either consulted with, or obliged to participate, at various stages of the development of the plan.

The Scottish Government has also funded non-statutory short breaks for carers, committing £23 million between 2010-11-2017-18, and a further £3 million for 2018-19. In particular, Better Breaks has provided grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under), and their carers.