The Autumn Statement delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today (Wednesday) will not have a significant positive impact on the lives of families in Scotland who are living in poverty.
Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, has announced that Aberdeen, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders will be the first three locations for Early Learning and Childcare expansion trials.
Statutory guidance describing the duties and steps that education authorities should take to reduce inequalities of outcome as a result of socio-economic disadvantage should be more explicit about the importance of listening and responding to pupil and parent voice.
Scottish ministers have blocked proposals to extend police powers, which would have allowed them to search children for alcohol without legal cause. Parliament found little evidence to support its use.
Children in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to be ‘bold and innovative’ in its approach to supporting families who are currently marginalised and disenfranchised as a result of the poverty that they experience.