Scottish Government urged to implement longstanding school meal commitment as Nick Clegg promises universal free school meals for English infant schools

17 September 2013

Scottish Free School Meals campaigners are urging Holyrood Ministers to make good on longstanding commitments to roll out free school meals for all pupils in the early year of primary school as the UK Coalition government looks set to introduce an approach successfully piloted by the SNP Scottish government in 2007/8.

John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and a leading member of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign said:

"With Scotland's families being battered by UK government tax and benefit policies, stagnating wages and soaring food prices, free healthy school lunches have never been so important. This is the ideal time for Scottish Ministers to deliver on longstanding commitments to roll out free school meals to all pupils in the early years of primary school. Ensuring all children in P1 to P3 receive a free healthy school lunch would provide much needed relief to hard pressed family budgets, protect against rising levels of child poverty and food poverty and at the same time boost our children's health, education and well-being. It is great news for children in England that this policy is now being adopted south of the Border but its vital the policy is now fully implemented in Scotland."