SNP MSP for Stirling, Bruce Crawford, has said new funding from the Scottish Government will help provide targeted support for care experienced young people in the Stirling area.

Stirling Council has been handed £218,400 to invest in projects designed to boost the attainment of local care experienced children and young people.

The council will work with Chief Social Workers, and Directors of Education, to decide how this year’s funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support.

Across Scotland, the SNP Government has pledged £11.6 million to support the fund.

Commenting, Bruce Crawford MSP said: 

“The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life. 

“The challenges posed by this pandemic mean that the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the attainment gap are now more important than ever. 

“That’s why I’m delighted to hear that Stirling Council will receive this funding boost to help break down the barriers faced by care experienced young people living in the Stirling area. 

“Last year the fund was used to support a host of projects – from outdoor learning schemes, to providing looked after children with laptops to study from home. 

“I look forward to seeing how the council will put this money to good use, and offer some of our most disadvantaged pupils the support they deserve.” 

Notes: 

Local Authority CECYP funding 2020/21

Aberdeen City £409,200

Aberdeenshire £324,000

Angus £186,000

Argyll & Bute £122,400

Clackmannanshire £159,840

Dumfries & Galloway £310,800

Dundee £338,040

East Ayrshire £294,840

East Dunbartonshire £124,800

East Lothian £199,200

East Renfrewshire £88,800

Edinburgh £1,000,800

Eilean Siar £35,640

Falkirk £298,800

Fife £770,400

Glasgow £2,065,200

Highland £378,000

Inverclyde £168,000

Midlothian £199,800

Moray £168,000

North Ayrshire £470,400

North Lanarkshire £712,800

Orkney £26,400

Perth & Kinross £228,000

Renfrewshire £520,800

Scottish Borders £159,600

Shetland £24,000

South Ayrshire £274,800

South Lanarkshire £602,400

Stirling £218,400

West Dunbartonshire £396,000

West Lothian £344,400

Total £11,620,560