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£400,000 for child poverty projects

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills with school pupils.

17 Oct 2019

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is asking colleges to come forward with ideas for tackling child poverty.

As part of its Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the Scottish Government is making available £400,000 for colleges to develop further education projects in their local area.

SFC’s call for proposals is looking for educational initiatives to help young people who have grown up in poverty progress into work, training or further study. Figures published earlier this week show that colleges are increasingly successful in enhancing people’s life chances.

Colleges are also being encouraged to look at ways of providing more support to young parents and helping them to build a better future for themselves and their children.

Speaking about the Child Poverty Delivery Plan, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said:

“All children and young people, whatever their background or circumstances, deserve the same chance to reach their full potential.

“Our investment to close the poverty-related attainment gap is aimed at helping children to do just this.

“If we can help deliver the skills, support and experiences children and young people need to fulfil their ambitions, we will together make Scotland the economic success we want it to be, with very low levels of child poverty.”

Proposals for funding are being sought by 6 January 2020.