Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

I have read many of the letters about access to learning hubs that are today being sent to parents. It is clear from those that the definition of a key worker is vague and varies from one council area to another, which will undoubtedly result in a postcode lottery in childcare, come January.

The letters also state that both parents must be key workers if their children are to qualify for access to the hubs, which would put many of our front-line workers in an impossible situation. Why is there no clear country-wide guidance over access to hubs? What is the First Minister’s message to families who face the unenviable choice of being either out of pocket or out of a job?