Families and young people across Renfrewshire and Scotland will benefit from additional support after First Minister Alex Salmond announced a significant expansion of free school meals and childcare provision.
As part of a £114 million package for young people over two years, every one of Scotland’s P1 to P3 children will have the option of a free meal in school from January next year, improving health and wellbeing, increasing attainment and saving families at least £330 a year for each child.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on poverty and the early years, Mr Salmond also announced that free childcare provision would be expanded to every two year-old from a workless household in Scotland – around 8,400 children or 15 per cent of all two year-olds – by August this year.
It was about a year ago Labour-led Renfrewshire Council decided to scale back free schools meals delivered by the previous SNP Administration.
Despite Labour’s actions free schools will be restored and extended in Scotland and Renfrewshire.
Paisley MSP George Adam added;
“The SNP will fully fund this commitment to early years. Providing adequate resources for local authorities to deliver on this policy commitment will be crucial in ensuring implementation and success.”
“Labour set back free school meals in Renfrewshire, and it is down to the SNP to restore them. I’m sure parents and pupils will welcome this, and it would be foolish of Labour to oppose free school meals further.”