Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

SNP failing to prepare for childcare roll-out


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has accused the SNP Government of failing to prepare for future childcare provision across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has highlighted the shortfall in the region for the rollout of the SNP’s flagship policy of 1,140 hours of funded childcare for eligible children by August 2020.

A Freedom of Information Request shows that in Dumfries and Galloway less than one in five nurseries has met the SNP’s commitment of 1,140 hours.

Mr Carson’s criticism comes as the Scottish Conservatives lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament challenging the SNP to do more to ensure that parents and nurseries will see further childcare rolled out.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The SNP have talked up the rollout of 1,140 hours of funded childcare but the reality in Dumfries and Galloway is far different.

“Our nurseries are facing ever growing pressure to deliver this policy, and it is little wonder that less than one in five providers have been able to roll this out so far in the region.

“The SNP Government have failed to adequately prepare our nurseries for this extension of funded childcare or address their concerns.

“It is time that our rural providers were properly supported in order to deliver this policy otherwise a large number of parents are going to be badly let down in Dumfries and Galloway.

“This is yet again another much trumpeted SNP commitment that they have failed to deliver.”