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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20454: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider bringing forward the date by which local authorities must provide an update on their actions to support private providers and hourly revenue funding rates from the end of 2018-19 to the end of January 2019.

Answered by: Maree Todd 4 January 2019

As set out in our Delivery Support Plan for Providers, published on 19 December, we are encouraging local authorities to provide immediate support to funded providers by utilising the final £6 million revenue to be allocated in 2018-19 to support funded providers.

We wrote to local authorities on 2 November 2018 to highlight that authorities may wish to use this funding to provide training or business support, or to offer grants to providers and that they should consider consulting with providers on the use of the funding.

As set out in the letter we will request an update from local authorities at the end of the 2018-19 financial year on the actions that they have taken to support providers, including information on the hourly rates being offered.