Efforts to close the child poverty gap in rural Perth and Kinross
At face value, Perth and Kinross might seem like an idyllic, wealthy area with its shooting estates, salmon rivers and picture-postcard tourism marketing.
But it too hides pockets of child poverty – not just in Perth city but also in rural communities.
The area was chosen as a pilot area to break the cycle of child poverty, and the situation was further acknowledged by the Scottish Government last month when it was announced that more than 2,300 schools across Scotland, including 74 in Perth and Kinross, are to benefit from £120 million of Pupil Equity Funding over the course of the next year.
The 74 schools in Perth and Kinross will receive a share of £1,662,520. Allocations are based on the number of pupils from primary one to S3 who are eligible and registered for free school meals. The money forms part of the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2018/19.
John Swinney, the SNP MSP for Perthshire North, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to closing the poverty-related attainment gap. This £1.6m of Pupil Equity Funding being targeted in the local area is aimed at doing just that.
“Every child has the right to the best possible start in life, no matter their background. Schools have a significant role to play.”
Education minister John Swinney.