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Scotland’s childcare minister was unable to tell MSPs how many people are currently working in the industry. Maree Todd said that while up to 3,000 new staff have been taken on as part of work to expand the amount of free childcare to which youngsters are entitled to 1,140 hours…
Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has said that child benefit changes may have caused thousands of parents to lose out on pension entitlements. Ms Morgan, who is chairwoman of the Commons Treasury committee, has written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, regarding her concerns. The ex-Cabinet minister…
The Government has won a challenge against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two. Court of Appeal judges ruled in favour of the Work and Pensions Secretary on Thursday by a two-to-one majority. The latest decision in the case follows a…
Ministers have announced a six-month delay on plans to end a system of childcare vouchers after representations by the DUP. Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the concession at the end of a Commons debate called by Labour, after a question from DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly. Employer-backed childcare vouchers are being…
An SNP MSP has lodged a formal complaint over shamed former minister Mark McDonald’s return to Holyrood. James Dornan (pictured) said the presence of his ex-party colleague would be a “clear negation” of the duty of care the Scottish Parliament has to its staff. Mr McDonald quit his ministerial role…
The Scottish Government’s former childcare minister Mark McDonald has quit the SNP after a series of sleaze allegations were made against him. Mr McDonald (pictured) accepted his behaviour had caused “hurt and offence” to two women and offered them a “public and unreserved apology”. While the former minister said he…
Mothers of young children are losing out on over a billion pounds in earnings each year, according to a charity. Save the Children warned that mothers are missing out on millions daily due to "a childcare system that feels stacked against them". The charity used available government figures to look…
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has highlighted a need for the nation’s Early Learning and Childcare sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional 11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand. SDS has worked with partners to create new national Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan…
Recruiting more men and ethnic minority staff could help the childcare sector find the 11,000 new workers it needs to fulfil a flagship Scottish Government pledge to double the hours of free care. Ministers have committed to increasing the amount of funded childcare for eligible two-year-olds as well as all…
A free child care policy may be extended to include foster families, Education Secretary Justine Greening has revealed. Under the current policy three and four-year-olds in families where all parents work are entitled to 30 hours free care, but children in foster care are not included. At education questions Ms…
Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd will be appointed as the new minister for childcare and early years following the resignation of Mark McDonald over "inappropriate'' behaviour. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to promote Ms Todd days after Mr McDonald stepped down from the role with an apology…
A Scottish Government minister has resigned over past actions he said had been "considered to be inappropriate". Mark McDonald, the SNP minister for childcare and early years, apologised "to anyone I have upset" as he stepped down from the role. The MSP for Aberdeen Donside said previous behaviour he had…
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