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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-00745
Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 15 June 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 70,000 devices for learners had been (a) ordered but not received by local authorities (b) received but not distributed, and (c) distributed by the date on which in-person learning resumed, broken down by local authority area.

Current status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 1 July 2021


Answer

Grant funding allocations were made to councils based on levels of deprivation and rurality within their areas, allowing them to purchase devices and connectivity for learners to align with local digital strategies. Local authorities have been responsible for securing and distributing devices, and for reporting to Scottish Government on progress. Global pressure on supply chains (primarily as a result of the pandemic and the move to home learning and working) has resulted in delayed delivery times for some devices.

The following table shows the number of devices ordered, received and distributed at end-March 2021 (immediately before the Easter break after which in-person learning resumed), as reported by individual local authorities.

Local Authority

Devices ordered but not yet received by council

Devices received by council but not yet distributed

Devices distributed to learners

Total

Aberdeen City

0

0

1777

1777

Aberdeenshire

907

57

4214

5178

Angus

0

0

1555

1555

Argyll and Bute

39

0

1317

1356

City of Edinburgh

0

0

2550

2550

Clackmannanshire

33

0

828

861

Dumfries and Galloway

0

0

2371

2371

Dundee City

0

0

2150

2150

East Ayrshire

439

6

2138

2583

East Dunbartonshire

0

0

1015

1015

East Lothian

399

0

1407

1806

East Renfrewshire

0

0

623

623

Falkirk

0

0

1840

1840

Fife

0

0

5465

5465

Glasgow City

0

0

7240

7240

Highland

100

2

4499

4601

Inverclyde

0

93

1107

1200

Midlothian

0

0

1235

1235

Moray

0

0

1315

1315

Na h-Eileanan Siar

0

0

357

357

North Ayrshire

0

0

1734

1734

North Lanarkshire

1253

250

4537

6040

Orkney Islands

0

150

275

425

Perth and Kinross

600

0

1257

1857

Renfrewshire

0

0

1800

1800

Scottish Borders

0

0

316

316

Shetland Islands

0

0

475

475

South Ayrshire

15

9

1497

1521

South Lanarkshire

0

0

5544

5544

Stirling

0

0

1794

1794

West Dunbartonshire

0

0

2084

2084

West Lothian

0

0

2905

2905

Total

3785

567

69221

73573