South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has congratulated the administration of South Ayrshire Council on publishing a “progressive budget” for the people living in the area.

In the Year of Young People, the budget sees record investment in improving life chances and attainment - with £65,000 additional funding to increase the school clothing grant from £50-£75, £17,000 to provide rent free access to schools allowing the establishment of breakfast clubs.

As well this £65,000 is to be put schools at the heart of the community and provide access to new activities and childcare options for low income parents during school holidays.

Commenting on the newly released budget, Emma said: “The budget, agreed last week, shows the council’s commitment to providing public services and investment in some of the most disadvantaged communities within South Ayrshire. 

“The establishment of breakfast clubs, along with investment in sporting activities and facilities will allow kids to access a healthy life style and will work to tackle childhood obesity.

“I warmly welcome this budget and look forward to seeing the commitments being implemented.”