The Scottish Childcare Payment
Reform Scotland, a public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity, opportunity for all, and more effective public services, has today released a detailed paper – The Scottish Childcare Payment – written by Gordon Hector.
The paper welcomes the gradual expansion in state funding for childcare, but says the payment mechanism has created a number of unintended consequences including:
- A collapse in flexible childcare because councils have offered the free hours mostly through their own nurseries
- Reductions in more flexible nurseries as a result
- Poor provision for under-threes, and for school-age children
- Confusing accountability and confusing benefit systems
Hector, Head of Policy and Strategy at Urban Foresight and a former senior adviser to Ruth Davidson, has analysed the pledges in the Programme for Government, and said that it represents both a “good start” and “an admission of failure”.