Lanarkshire MSP calls for protection of free school meals access

Posted: 8th February 2023

Lanarkshire MSP is calling for access to free school meals to be protected.

Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon today called on the Scottish Government to protect provision of free school meals amid the cost-of-living crisis.

As the end of the financial year 2022-2023 approaches, local authorities across Central Scotland will be charged with setting a balanced budget and the Scottish Labour representative believes it is important that councils continue to provide the best start in life for pupils.

As research from Citizens Advice Scotland demonstrates that families are struggling to afford everyday products, Ms Lennon reiterated the importance of Scottish Government funding to ensure that no child goes without this spring.

She added: “I have urged the Scottish Government to provide reassurances that it will act to protect and expand access to universal free school meals, as local authorities and charities report unprecedented funding pressures.

“I was alarmed by reports in several newspapers that Glasgow City Council’s holiday meals programme faces the axe due to anticipated budget constraints.

“We have seen the success of North Lanarkshire Council’s Club365 free school meals programme during the school holidays, which dished up 100,000 meals last summer alone for children in the district.

“The Scottish Government promised in the 2021 election that universal free school meals would be available to all primary school children. They are years behind fulfilling that promise.

“Investing in the education and wellbeing of children and young people must be at the top of the Scottish Government’s agenda.”

Source: Daily Record

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