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New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income families

The Access to Childcare Fund will provide grants to test models of delivering accessible and affordable school age childcare for low income families, allowing parents to reduce childcare costs, work more flexibly and increase their incomes.The Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the national charity Children in Scotland. The fund launched … Continue reading New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income families

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Carer grants – a helping hand in hard times

From Jess Wade, Chief Executive, Carers of East Lothian Grants for unpaid carers looking after loved ones in East Lothian Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) has been supporting carers throughout the coronavirus outbreak with small grants to make a big difference to their families’ experience of the lockdown. This started with £5000 seed funding from the East Lothian Health and Social Care … Continue reading Carer grants – a helping hand in hard times

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Trading Standards Scotland Scam Share bulletin July 2020

From Trading Standards Scotland In this edition of Scam Share we’ll look at some of the most recent scams which have been reported by consumers across Scotland, including those related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the National Cyber Security Centre launched their Suspicious Email Reporting Service two months ago, they have received one million reports from the public about scam emails. … Continue reading Trading Standards Scotland Scam Share bulletin July 2020

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Stop It Now campaign helps you to keep children safe from harm

During this pandemic, children are more at risk of sexual harm than ever. They may be isolated from traditional support networks, and exposed to greater risks online or in their own homes meaning that abuse could go undetected. Stop It Now Scotland has created a prevention pack designed to help keep children safe, using the … Continue reading Stop It Now campaign helps you to keep children safe from harm

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Spaces for People temporary measures to be introduced in local towns

Work will shortly start on the introduction of temporary measures to enable safe and appropriate access in and around East Lothian town centres in line with current government guidance. The measures are focused on protecting public health, supporting social distancing and preventing a second wave of the outbreak. Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “Spaces … Continue reading Spaces for People temporary measures to be introduced in local towns

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Promoting skills and employment

Expert report welcomed, says Scottish Government A group of industry experts have submitted an action plan to limit unemployment caused by the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). The report from a sub-group of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, with representatives from business and Scotland’s skills agencies, was commissioned by the Scottish Government in May. … Continue reading Promoting skills and employment

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