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Pupils Enjoying Free School Meals, 07/01/15 [S]

Providing a free school lunch for every P1-3 child in Scotland is “an investment in our nation’s future”, according to Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Speaking during a visit to Central Primary School in Inverness, Mr Swinney described the policy as making “a significant contribution to the wellbeing of our children and our communities as a whole”.

As of this week, around 135,000 additional pupils in P1-3 classes across Scotland are entitled to receive a free school meal, saving families at least £330 per year per eligible child.

The Scottish Government is providing – following agreement with CoSLA – revenue funding of £70.5 million over two years to deliver the policy, supported by additional capital funding for local government of £24.8 million.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

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Pupils enjoying free school meals