7,420 CHILDREN IN RENFREWSHIRE TO BENEFIT AS SNP GOVERNMENT PROVIDE £10 MILLION TO EXTEND FREE SCHOOL MEALS OVER HOLIDAYS

More than 7,400 children across Paisley and Renfrewshire will benefit from extra funding to extend free school meals over the Christmas and Easter holidays.

£10 million has been made available by the SNP Government so that councils can continue providing free school meals through the winter breaks with future funding confirmed to extend support over Easter.

On Wednesday, Tory MPs voted to reject a plan to extend free school meals into the school holidays, arguing that it was not the job of schools to “regularly provide food during the school holidays”.

No Scottish Tory MP voted to support the plan, despite recent indications from Douglas Ross that he wishes to end the Tories’ opposition to the free school meals provision. 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

“Many families in Paisley are under considerable financial pressure at this time, and with less than two weeks until the UK government prematurely shuts down the furlough scheme, that’s unfortunately only set to get worse. 

“This important investment will support around 7,420 children and young people across Renfrewshire and will undoubtedly help families meet the cost of meals over Christmas, February and Easter holidays.

“The Scottish Government’s decision to extend the free school meals scheme will be a great relief for many hard-pressed parents.

“The Tories at Westminster had an opportunity to support thousands of families worrying about how they will put food on the table in the weeks ahead, but they refused to do so. 

“It’s clear that Westminster has a lot to learn from the SNP’s approach to tackling food insecurity and building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.”