free school meals

  • Financial help in the early years


    This factsheet outlines what financial help may be available from pregnancy to school age, how universal credit or tax credits can help you qualify and what other conditions you must meet.

    The information about benefits, universal credit and tax credits is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

  • Free School Meals - Stage 3 Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill briefing

    February 2014

    In advance of tomorrow's (19 February 2014) stage 3 debate on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign produced a briefing for MSPs.

    The Scottish Free School Meals Campaign is urging MSPs to accept amendments 192 & 201 to the Bill, as lodged by Adam Ingram MSP. The amendments would alter section 53 & 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, allowing the Scottish Government to give legislative effect to its policy commitment to provide universal free school lunches to children in P1-P3.

  • Let's All Have Lunch!

    September 2013

    Let's have lunch

    This report makes the case for why London local authorities should invest in universal free school meals for primary school children. The report was produced by CPAG and 4in10, and funded by Trust for London.

  • Managing food poverty


    Among the local authorities we spoke to, there was a general perception that recent increases in financial stress would lead to food poverty in most local authority areas. Two key mechanisms to address this were discussed: food banks and the direct provision of meals.

  • Going Hungry? Young people's experience of free school meals

    June 2012

    Child Poverty Action Group and the British Youth Council published this report Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

  • Campaigners "dismayed" at backtracking on free school meals roll out

    December 11, 2009
    press release

    Speaking on behalf of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign, John Dickie, the head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland reacted with dismay to reports that Ministers are prepared to "scale back" the roll out of free school meals to all pupils in P1 to P3.

    Commenting on the reports Mr Dickie said;

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  • Campaigners welcome First Minister’s universal free school meals announcement

    January 7, 2014
    press release

    “Huge boost for children and families” says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

    Child poverty campaigners have today welcomed an announcement by the First Minister that all children in P1 to P3 will receive a free healthy school lunch. Reacting to the announcement John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • Campaigners welcome First Minister’s universal free school meals announcement

    7 January 2014

    John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland, said:

    “A universal approach to healthy free school lunches provides a huge boost to children and parents at a time when they are under increasing pressure from tax credit and benefit cuts, soaring food and energy prices and stagnating wages."

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  • Campaigners welcome school meals boost as pupils return to school across Scotland

    August 17, 2009
    press release

    Campaigners are welcoming a significant free school meals extension as children return to school across Scotland this week. For the first time children in families receiving maximum working tax credit will be entitled to a healthy free school meal, a move anti poverty groups say will ease the pressure on hard pressed families and boost children’s health and learning.

    The free school meals extension comes as new research shows many families are struggling to buy all that their children need to go back to school, leading to debt, children missing out, and fear of stigma.

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  • Church, unions and campaigners united in “deep concern” over school lunches

    January 6, 2010
    press release

    The EIS, Church of Scotland, Unison and Oxfam have added their voices to growing concern over the future of universal free school lunches for Primary 1 to 3 pupils.

    Along with Save the Children, the Scottish Women's Convention, One Parent Families Scotland, Poverty Alliance and the Child Poverty Action Group they have written to Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell and COSLA President Pat Watters expressing “deep concern” over proposals to scale back the agreed roll out of free school lunches to all P1 to P3 pupils.

    In the letter the organisations say that:

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