August 21, 2019

Local councils are preparing for the possibility of school meal nutritional standards being amended or discarded altogether in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC has revealed.

These legal standards are designed to make sure school children are fed healthy food.

It is anticipated by some councils that school meals will not mee...

August 13, 2019

Pregnant women and families with babies and children across North Ayrshire and Scotland receiving certain benefits are to be offered increased access to healthy foods.

The SNP Government’s Best Start Foods payment replaces the Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card, and is now open for applications.

The card, which works in a similar...

July 11, 2019

New research has shown that an estimated 3,475 children in North Ayrshire (20%) are being disadvantaged by the UK Tory Government’s controversial two-child cap, which allows low-income families to claim child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.

According to data obtained and collated by the Child Poverty Action Grou...

June 28, 2019

According to a new report, more than 7,000 young mothers and their newborns across Scotland have received support through the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), led by specially trained nurses and midwives.

Launched as a pilot in NHS Lothian in 2010 by the SNP Government and rolled out to NHS Ayrshire and Arran in 2013, the FNP is an intensive, two-...

June 27, 2019

The SNP Government is using its new powers over social security to introduce a brand new benefit to provide eligible families with £10 a week for every child under 16, with introduction for under-sixes starting by early 2021.

The Scottish Child Payment will give more immediate support to families who need it most, as almost 60% of all children in...

May 18, 2019

Legislation to ensure more child witnesses are able to pre-record evidence ahead of jury trials was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament last week.

The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill, introduced by the SNP Government in June 2018, will minimise distress and improve the quality of evidence given as it will be rec...

May 16, 2019

Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network's annual awareness campaign, which this year runs from 13 to 26 May. 

On Wednesday evening, Kenneth took the opportunity to speak in the debate at the Scottish Parliament to pay tribute to foster carers and to highlight the need for more carers to come forward. 

He also reminded the chamber that in Ma...

May 14, 2019

New analysis released by the SNP Government shows that Scotland has a significantly higher pupil teacher ratio than England or Wales.

Scotland boasts an impressive 7,495 teachers per 100,000 pupils, while England and Wales lag behind with just 5,586 and 5,119 teachers respectively.

Last year the number of teachers working in Scottish schools rose...

May 14, 2019

A new group will examine how body image impacts on young people’s mental wellbeing.

The SNP Government’s Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups and identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals.

The announcement ties in with Mental Health A...

May 7, 2019

A brand new benefit for low income families opened for applications on Monday 29 April.

The SNP Government’s £250 Early Learning Payment is for children aged between two to three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out.

This payment is part of the SNP Government’s new Best Start Grant pa...

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