This brings to 30 the number of councils which have been given clearance to begin this work.
Minister for education and young people Cathy Jamieson said:
'The provision of integrated services focussed on the needs of the individual child, which is fundamental to the new community school approach, is a key element in our strategy for closing the attainment gap.
'In May, I announced firm allocations for 16 councils to take forward this work. Today, I'm delighted to say that another 14 councils have the green light to roll out the new community school approach. I look forward to agreeing proposals with the remaining two councils over the coming weeks.'
The allocations which have been confirmed today are:
Authority 2002/03 2003/04
Aberdeenshire£ 556,320£ 834,480
Angus£ 250,800£ 250,800
Argyll & Bute£ 202,160£ 202,160
Clackmannanshire£ 114,000£ 114,000
East Ayrshire£ 288,800£ 288,800
Edinburgh City£ 758,480£ 758,480
Inverclyde£ 203,680£ 203,680
Midlothian£ 197,600£ 296,400
North Ayrshire£ 656,640£ 738,720
North Lanarkshire£ 798,000£1,197,000
Perth & Kinross£ 281,200£ 421,800
Scottish Borders£ 238,640£ 357,960
South Ayrshire£ 513,760£ 577,980
Funding allocations for Dundee City Council and Shetland Council have still to be confirmed.
The New Community School (NCS) pilot programme started in 1999. There are currently 62 pilot projects across Scotland (two in each local authority - with the exception of Orkney and Shetland, which have one each) involving over 400 schools. The Scottish Executive has committed£37.2m to support the initiative. NCS projects may involve a single school or clusters of schools, and often involve work across nursery, primary and secondary level.
The then education minister, Jack McConnell, announced on 12 November 2001 that additional funding worth£30.6m over two years would be available to roll out the new community school approach across all schools in Scotland. These resources amount to£14.1m in 2002-03 and£16.5m in 2003-04. Roll out funding to 16 councils was announced on 27 May 2002.