Hyslop Welcomes £344,400 for Care Experienced Young People in West Lothian

Hyslop welcomes new funding from the Scottish Government which will provide targeted support for care experienced young people in West Lothian.

West Lothian has been handed £344,400 to invest in projects designed to boost the attainment of local care experienced children and young people,

The council will work with Chief Social Workers, and Directors of Education, to decide how this year’s funding will be used. Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support.

Across Scotland, the SNP Government has pledged £11.6 million to support the fund.

Fiona commented:

‘The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life.’

‘This investment will help to remove obstacles for care experienced young people by allowing the local authority to provide targeted help to those who need it’

‘We know that there are still many barriers facing young people in care, and that is why I am delighted to hear that West Lothian Council will be able to use this funding to improve the life chances and education of care experienced young people in West Lothian’

‘Last year the fund was used to support a host of projects – from outdoor learning schemes, to providing looked after children with laptops to study from home.’

‘I look forward to seeing how the council will put this money to good use and offer some of our most disadvantaged pupils the support they deserve.’