Sandra White MSP Welcomes Child Poverty Delivery Plan

SNP MSP Sandra White has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most.

Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the Scottish Government will meet ambitious legal targets to tackle child poverty.

Actions include a new £12 million employment support fund will help parents in work progress their careers and support unemployed parents into work.

Other initiatives include a new national entitlement for the School Clothing Grant, to help with the costs of uniforms and sports kits, and new support for after-school and holiday childcare, helping parents work more flexibly and increase their incomes.

The report comes after independent analysis found that, if the Scottish Government did nothing, Tory welfare cuts would mean 38% of Scottish children would be in relative poverty by 2030/31.

Commenting, Sandra White MSP said:

“In a country as prosperous as Scotland no child should have their chances limited by poverty.

“I’m delighted that this ambitious plan includes a range of actions to support families in Glasgow with the cost of living and direct financial support.

“And the ambitious proposal for a new, targeted income supplement show that, when we have the power, the SNP will take action to make Scotland a fairer, stronger country.

“Under Tory cuts, money being is taken from the pockets of low income families, pushing them into crisis, debt, and poverty, with our public services and emergency aid responding as best they can.

“That is why the SNP in government will take action to increase household incomes and reduce costs, supporting children and families here and now.”

Sandra White MSP welcomes news of 200 jobs in new specialist recruitment facility

Sandra White MSP has welcomed news that a Scottish Enterprise supported international specialist recruitment facility is to bring 200 jobs to Glasgow this year, and a total of 314 over the next three years.

The Centre of Excellence is being opened by international recruitment firm SThree, which provides specialist recruitment services for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries and has 40 offices across 16 countries.

The investment is backed by £2million Regional Selective Assistance funding from Scottish Enterprise.

Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“This is fantastic news for Glasgow, and builds on our substantial record as both an attractor of inward investment and as a reputable STEM city with a great tradition and presence of science, engineering, and technology across our sectors.

“This international recruitment facility will bring a much welcomed 200 and more jobs to the city whilst further developing the STEM landscape in this city and across the country.”

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:

“This facility will be a major jobs boost for Glasgow, with 200 new posts this year and 314 in total over the next three years. And it will support our ambition for Scotland to be a STEM nation with our economy at the forefront of the technological frontier. 

“The £2million funding from Scottish Enterprise also gives them access to the excellent business support network here in Scotland. And our communities will benefit from the work of the innovative SThree Foundation which supports young people from underprivileged and diverse backgrounds to transition successfully into STEM higher education, jobs and apprenticeships.” 

Alex Smith, SThree’s Chief Financial Officer, said: 

“Investing in Glasgow gives us access to a highly-skilled workforce and an excellent business infrastructure. The STEM markets in which we operate are growing rapidly and this new centre in Glasgow will strengthen our operational capability and support expanding teams across our main markets. 

“Our new Centre of Excellence will bring together our UK support services and underpin our future business needs in the most efficient way. In making this new investment in Glasgow, we have had tremendous support from the Scottish Government and SDI.” 

Paul Lewis, interim chief executive of Scottish Enterprise said:

“It’s fantastic to see a company like SThree, with a strong focus on STEM industries, expanding in Scotland. That the company is planning to create 200 new jobs this year alone is a true endorsement of Scotland’s strength in these sectors, as evidenced by our growing reputation in areas like data, technology and R&D. 

“The decision by SThree to select Glasgow for this expansion is further evidence of Scotland’s attractiveness, backing up our position as the leading UK location for inward investment outside London, and we’re looking forward to working with the company to support its ambitious growth plans for Scotland.” 

Further details: https://news.gov.scot/news/job

More Young People Setting Up for Success After School

School Leavers Across Glasgow Heading for Work or Study

School leavers in Glasgow continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92% of youngsters in Glasgow going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.

The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school. In Glasgow, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 90% last year to 92% this year – and increased from 87% since 2011/12.

Of those in positive destinations, 36%  are at University and 31% are at college, while 23% have went direct to employment and training.

Commenting on the latest stats, SNP MSP for Glasgow Sandra White said:

“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.

“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Glasgow, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.

“That more young people across Glasgow are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 87%  to 92% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.

“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Glasgow and across Scotland show that they are benefiting from exactly that.”

More Cash for Local Services Thanks to Progressive Taxation Reforms

Glasgow Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services in Glasgow benefiting from an extra £27.4m.

The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55% of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of the UK – guarantee a £27.4m rise in Glasgow City Council’s resource budget, providing extra funding for schools, roads and housing.

The Scottish Budget also provides additional spending on our NHS – which will see an extra £400 million in funding to help protect our health service from Tory austerity.

Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“This extra funding for Glasgow council – an additional £27.4m for the coming year – is a great settlement for our communities.

“The SNP’s progressive reforms on income tax, seeing 70% of people pay less than they did last year, and 55% pay less than they would if they lived south of the border, are vital for allowing this funding increase despite continued austerity being imposed by the Tories at Westminster.

“This progressive budget also provides extra funding for our NHS, education and broadband, and more money for our economy, research and our environment too – as well as protecting free university tuition, free personal care for the elderly, free school meals and free prescriptions.

“While the Tories propose cutting over £556 million from public services in order to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthiest – the SNP Government delivers for our councils and protects the vital local services in Glasgow that we all hold dear.”

Glasgow Schools Receive £21.7m Boost From Pupil Equity Fund

INVESTMENT AIMED AT CLOSING THE POVERTY-RELATED ATTAINMENT GAP

A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out £21,785,160 to schools across Glasgow next year.

More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 191 across Glasgow. The significant investment gives money directly to headteachers, allowing them to spend the money on local initiatives that will close the poverty-related attainment gap.

 Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White, said:

 “The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of £21,785,160 in our schools and our children across Glasgow is a key part of that.

 “Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background – and the role that schools play in giving children the support they need is absolutely vital.

 “That is why it is right that this significant investment to close the poverty-related attainment gap goes straight to headteachers – giving those with the most intimate knowledge of their schools the ability to develop initiatives to benefit children across Glasgow. 

“And with 191 number of schools benefiting from this latest round of funding – following a similar significant investment last year – even more of our children are going to benefit from creative new initiatives that will help to tackle the attainment gap in our schools.”