Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, has welcomed funding which means that from the beginning of 2015 all children from primary one to three will be entitled to free school meals.
This will enable families not already receiving this benefit to make a saving of around £330 per year per child. Providing children with access to healthy meals also has the potential to positively shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The move – which is being provided with £70.5m in revenue funding and £24.8m in additional capital funding by the Scottish Government – will provide P1 to P3 children with guaranteed access to a healthy, nutritious meal and could positively shape children’s eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The policy has been supported by campaigning organisations across civic Scotland including Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland, trade unions and Children in Scotland.
Angus councillor Lynne Devine, who is vice-convener of the Children and Learning Committee, added: “The staff in all our primary schools have been working hard to make sure this provision takes place as seamlessly as possible. We know that a good meal at lunchtime impacts well on children’s ability to learn.”