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Phil Gallie (Conservative)
Yes. I also feel that in many cases social workers have a responsibility in that respect. That said, in many other cases, informal arrangements are made with grandparents who are more than suitable. I accept that there should be reasonable levels of scrutiny in some circumstances.
However, my point is that South Ayrshire Council does
"not have a scheme and cannot provide financial assistance".
Elaine Noad ends her letter by saying:
"This is a national political issue which needs to be addressed at national level".
I have some reservations about that statement. When devolution was introduced in Scotland, I felt that we had to be careful that Parliament did not take on board local authorities' responsibilities. However, although this particular local authority has the ability to make such payments, it says that