John Delighted at 13K Pupils Free School Lunch

John has expressed his delight this week following the Scottish Parliament voting in favour of a proposed package that will see Primary 1,2 and 3 pupils have the option of a free school meal from January 2015.

John was joined in his backing for the Scottish Government’s proposals by his colleagues in the Green/Independent group.

As part of a £114 million package for young people over two years, every one of Scotland’s P1 to P3 children will have the option of a free meal in school from January next year, improving health and wellbeing, increasing attainment and saving families at least £330 a year for each child.

Based on the latest figures, around 13760 pupils across the Highlands and Islands will be eligible to benefit from school meals. This package will also see across Scotland free childcare provision will extended further, reaching 15,400 children – 27 per cent of all two year-olds – this will be done by widening availability to families that receive certain welfare benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Commenting

“I was proud to vote for the rollout of healthy free school meals to all children in Primaries 1 to 3, and a significant expansion of childcare provision. This will positively affect a great number of children across the Highlands and Islands.

“The benefits of a healthy, nutritious meal for lunch are widely known and this announcement will only improve the health and well-being of Scotland’s children. I look forward to this being expanded to beyond Primaries 1 to 3 so that all of the children in Scotland’s schools can reap the benefits, leading to healthier country.”

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Local Authority Primary 1 Primary 2 Primary 3 Total
Argyll & Bute 716 736 690 2142
Eilean Siar 256 257 238 751
Highland 2335 2270 2173 6778
Moray 1036 883 868 2787
Orkney Islands 203 221 186 610
Shetland Islands 211 259 222 692