Extra £1Billion to be invested in Scotland’s Education, Schools, Hospitals and Transport Infrastructure


Scotland is the only state in Europe never to have a deficit

Scotland is the only state in Europe never to have a deficit

 @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Various news agencies, links below

AN extra £1billion is to be invested in the Scottish Government’s scheme which funds major projects such as new hospitals, schools and transport infrastructure. Finance Secretary John Swinney said the money is being made available by extending the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) method of funding. He also revealed an additional £31.2million will be invested over the next two years to help provide the infrastructure needed for an expansion of childcare.

This cash will go to local councils, along with an extra £12million towards the provision of free school meals for pupils in primaries one to three. A further £10.3million is going to the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme – which assists those buying a new build home – in 2014-15, while another £12 million is to be invested in measures aimed at helping young people into work, such as the modern apprenticeship scheme.

In addition, £1million will be spent both this financial year and next financial year to help mitigate the impact of UK Government welfare reforms, Swinney told MSPs.

“We cannot undo all of the damage of welfare reform, the austerity agenda or the consequences of Westminster’s economic mismanagement,” he said. “The actions of this Government demonstrate however our determination to take the initiative where we can.” But the announcement of additional cash for childcare and free school meals sparked claims from the opposition that the Scottish Government had failed to fully fund these. Swinney’s budget for 2014-15 included funding to provide more free childcare places, along with money for free school meals

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Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray said at the time the Finance Secretary had been “adamant then that he had fully funded those commitments”. But he said the allocation of additional money was “a straightforward admission that the commitments made in January were never fully funded”. Tories and Liberal Democrats also pressed Swinney on the cash for childcare. Conservative finance spokesman Gavin Brown said the Finance Secretary had “stated that we still don’t understand the capital cost implications of childcare expansion”.

Brown hit out: “This was a policy announced months ago, if they don’t understand the cost implications when does he envisage they will understand the capital implications of that policy?” Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “I want to bring childcare provision in line with that of England’s where 40 per cent of two-year-olds, beginning with those from poorer backgrounds, benefit from free childcare. “Two-year-olds cannot wait forever. John Swinney must tell parents when he will listen to my calls to build a fairer society and expand free childcare so that more children are given the best start in life.”

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The new spending he announced will see the Scottish Government invest a total of £91million on capital infrastructure for the childcare and early learning sector. The extra cash for the Help to Buy scheme would take the overall investment in this to £235 million over three years. “I recognise the benefits of that scheme to the construction sector and wider economy and the important role it plays in supporting aspiring homeowners throughout Scotland,” Mr Swinney said.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will also get a one-off award of £500,000 to help it deal with the aftermath of recent flooding in the area. Swinney said: “I fully understand the extreme situation that the local area has faced since the turn of the year and this grant will allow the council to carry out the required essential repair works.”

He said overall the package of spending would “support jobs, skills development and children and families, adding to the decisive steps this Government is already taking to help Scotland’s economic recovery and build for the future”. Swinney stated: “Whenever there has been an opportunity to further invest in our economy, this Government has taken it. That is why I am pleased to announce a number of measures that will boost our economy, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen Scotland’s infrastructure. “We will develop plans to extend our current programme of NPD with an additional £1billion investment taking us through to 2019-20.

“This investment will build on the successes of the current programme, delivering colleges, schools, roads, hospitals and community health facilities across Scotland. It will also provide the construction sector with the long term certainty of a future pipeline of work. “We know that every additional £100million of construction activity is estimated to support over 1300 jobs. And then we get the long term benefits of using the asset.”

Swinney said First Minister Alex Salmond had announced free childcare was being extended to more of Scotland’s most vulnerable two-year-olds in January.

The Finance Secretary told MSPs: “This will benefit the children and also open up employment opportunities for their families by removing childcare as a barrier to work. “To ensure we have the physical capacity to meet our commitment to expand childcare, I have decided to allocate all the capital consequentials from the UK Budget to local government.” He also said the “recent discussions” with the local government body Cosla had persuaded him to allocate the extra £12 million to councils to help provide free school meals for younger pupils.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/scottish-government-announces-1bn-boost-for-infrastructure.1396367781

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/extra-1bn-invested-scotlands-schools-3337329

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/politics/1-billion-spending-plans-announced-by-scottish-government-1.298426

http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/april/scottish-government-to-make-additional-1bn-available-for-infrastructure-through-non-profit-distributing/

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The amazing Scottish education system – Why being Scottish is just awesome


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The way School works here in Scotland

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

My oldest Daughter Courney who is 5, a few weeks back astonished me when I asked “What did you do today at School sweetie” She replied ‘Literacy’ although both are 5 years Scotland_6d8966_535971 (2)old and 4 years old and still really small children I must say the Education system in Scotland is utterly fantastic. My 4 year old Daughter Chloe is in 2nd year Nursery before she starts Primary school next August, she is doing brilliant, she can do the whole A to Z and Count to 100 and can point out over 20 countries on our Globe ornament we have. My older Daughter Courtney is a smart kid, same as all the kids in her class. They all went to nursery together then the 50 or so at Nursery got split into two Primary 1 classes. She can name 30 words from any letter of the Alphabet, count to 500 or more and can name almost every country on the Globe, she has issues with all the Eastern bloc Countries like Albania etc.

Today we got a letter. We had heard this was coming and what was going to happen. What the SNP have done for Education in this country over the last 10 or so years has been nothing short of amazing! My little Princess is learning Spanish in Primary 1 as of January 2015 after the Christmas holidays. She will learn Spanish at a time her small brain is like a sponge. Then in Primary 4 she will learn a 3rd language. So English, Spanish and we are thinking German, we will let Courtney have a say nearer the time. To think my little baby will be speaking English of course, Spanish and German by the time she leaves Primary School that lasts 7 years till age 12 is just amazing

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Language lessons at 5 years old Once in High school they get to learn one further Language, French perhaps? So by the time my two Daughters leave School they will be fluent in Spanish, German and French and one other if they decide to stay on for 2 more years at High school. I was there when both my son’s were born, I was 17, I loved them and cried but I was a kid myself. I made mistakes but made up for them. I taught them to be responsible tolerant young men, I am so proud of them both and love their partners like they are Daughters in law already

Scotland invented the technological world we see today

Scotland invented the technological world we see today

I was there for the birth of my two princess’s 5 and 4 years ago and I remember When Courtney came out, and I secretly wanted a Daughter I cried and hugged Dawn in a moment I will never forget. I live for moments, anyone who REALLY KNOWS ME will know I love moments, I love to be caught in a moment. Recently I walked my Mum down the aisle, that was a moment.

As one of my son’s leave home, the other starts his new job as a chef at a high level we have our work cut out with the girls. Sure they fight and argue but when they are upset I see they are just small bags of emotion. I STRUGGLE to give them a row, discipline them. I really can’t bring myself to raise my voice so I leave that to Dawn unless I really have to. So, to sum up, Scotland didn’t get independence, but we got ‘ALMOST’ Home rule and there is more to come. Within 5 years Scotland will be an independent nation and our Education system will get better still. Scotland invented the modern World, no, really we did.

This is what Scotland invented http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventions_and_discoveries

I guess tonight I am just so happy to be Scottish, live where I do, have the people around me I do, and I mean my Scottish friends, some I know many I don’t. I will say a lot “Scotland is paradise” but just in a fridge 😀 But it really is a wonderful place to live. Many who come here stay here and I think I know why. We don’t have huge immigration issues but we welcome anyone. And we fight on for freedom, it will happen, and it will happen before my Daughters hit high school, we didn’t get mad, we were angry, but we dropped all the side show rubbish, now we are looking to go again. I write for Edinburgh West here http://www.scot2.scot/ Now we want to make brilliant, better, and we will do it, the will is strong, the voice is one. Being Scottish just rocks. I am passionate about being Scottish as you are for your country. Really is that simple, and I can’t hide it 😀

Well I talked more than I wanted to there but being Scottish is a blessing alone. I see a different World when I research, when I turn on the news, when I read news, I see an alien World. So I will leave you with a song I love and it isn’t really Scottish but you will see why. And if you are proud of where you live, MY GOD!! Say so..

2 minutes 10 seconds in, you will understand, this is an amazing song 

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