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7. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to assist children from the poorest backgrounds with their education. (S5O-05144)
Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the announcement of an additional £25 million to tackle poverty and inequality will not only further enhance the £100 Covid hardship payment for children and young people who receive free school meals, but enable support to be extended to children who receive free lunches in early learning and childcare settings?
I wish—[Inaudible]—for the future, and hope that the three pigs story was not about something that he saw somewhere up in the north of Scotland. Before I start—
Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Cathcart
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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