Schools and childcare
Information and updates from our Education and Learning teams
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The number of positive COVID-19 cases across Dumfries and Galloway is extremely high at this time. The number of new, confirmed positive cases is continuing to rise.
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An education update from Gillian Brydson, Director Skills, Education and Learning
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The Scottish Government announced on 8 March 2021 there would be two additional £100 payments made for each school aged child who receives Free School Meals on the basis of low income in 2021. They have now announced details of a further payment and an amendment to an already announced payment.
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Schools will close for the 2021 Autumn holidays from Monday 11 October and will reopen to pupils on Monday 25 October 2021.
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Support for local businesses
We're doing everything we can to help local businesses of all sizes during this crisis
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Dumfries and Galloway Council is administering various business grant schemes on behalf of the Scottish Government.
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A variety of temporary measures have been introduced at various levels to support businesses through this period of disruption.
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Did you know that businesses can use our free testing sites for their staff who have no symptoms but want to get tested?
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The Minister for Public Finance and Migration has written to all ratepayers in November 2020 regarding reforms to the non-domestic rating system.
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Support for communities
We're doing everything we can to help support our local communities during this crisis
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As announced by the Scottish Government on 8 March, households in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR) will receive a £130 payment to help towards increased costs and lost income during the pandemic.
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On 23 June the Deputy First Minister announced the Scottish Government's intention to launch a £10m grant fund later in the year to support private and social rented tenants who have incurred rent arrears as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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If you are aged 16-24 and not in education, employment or training there is lots of local support in Dumfries and Galloway, tailored to your needs, that can help you get advice and build the skills and confidence you need to move on to formal volunteering, training a job or course to gain qualifications.
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Covid-19 is a difficult time for everyone and during this time the Council and its third sector partners are keen to ensure that people requesting emergency food parcels get the support they need.
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We're doing everything we can to help support local employment during this crisis.
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Dumfries & Galloway's local employment partnership website regularly updates local skills and employment news, information, and job opportunities during the Covid 19 crisis.
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Across Dumfries and Galloway, public, private and third sector partners work in partnership to offer training, upskilling and support with CV's, job applications and interview preparation.
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The Dumfries and Galloway Youth Guarantee aims to ensure that every young person in Dumfries and Galloway is offered training, education, a job or apprenticeship opportunity.
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Support is available for parents and carers to help address challenges including health, money worries, motivation or childcare that may be making it difficult for you to get in to work or improve your circumstances and options if you are in work.
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