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.

These amendments are supported by the following organisations as members of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign:

  • Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)
  • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland
  • STUC
  • The Poverty Alliance
  • UNISON
  • Children 1st
  • Save the Children
  • Shelter Scotland
  • One Parent Families in Scotland (OPFS)
  • Children in Scotland
  • The Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland