SNP MSP for South Scotland, Emma Harper, has welcomed new funding from the Scottish Government that will help provide targeted support for care experienced young people in Dumfries & Galloway.

Dumfries & Galloway Council has been handed £311, 000 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, Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP said:

“The Scottish Government 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 Dumfries & Galloway will receive this funding boost to help break down the barriers faced by care experienced young people living in the region.

“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.”

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