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Sturgeon claims to be fighting poverty but her policies are making things worse - McAveety.

Byline: KEITH MCLEOD

THE leader of Scotland's largest local authority will today accuse the Scottish Government of adding to child poverty.

In a speech to Labour's Scottish conference, Frank McAveety will lift the lid on Glasgow's 1000-plus most needy kids he claims are being let down by Holyrood.

Figures by Glasgow City Council suggest that more than 1300 kids are being discriminated against in the form of kinship carer payments.

The kinship system is where a relative of a child who would otherwise need foster care steps in to provide support.

The council claim that kids in the same scheme in more affluent areas, such as Angus, will receive five times more financial support.

McAveety said: "We have a Scottish Government who talk about fighting poverty but their policy on kinship care is increasing the disadvantage of every child in kinship care in Glasgow."

The kinship carer gets some of the payments available to foster carers but now the Equalities and Human Rights Commission have ordered parity in the payments.

The Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities agreed a PS3.3million package with the Scottish Government to be shared among councils to pay for this.

But the cash is distributed using data of children in homes which receive benefits rather than kids on the kinship carer system. Glasgow has 32 per cent of the total - but will get 15 per cent of the cash.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in September that parity between kinship carers and foster carers will be delivered this month. The SNP have since released a further PS6.8million to councils to cover section 11 orders.

This is a mechanism used by kinship carers to obtain legal placement of the child outside the children's hearing system.

But little of this will go to Glasgow as the city pays for this rather than the carer. McAveety added: "Are the Government saying a system that gives a child in care in Angus five times more financial support than a child in Glasgow is fair?" City council papers show Glasgow will have to find an additional PS1.25million for the rest of this year to meet the shortfall.

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