School Meals Debt and Access to Universal Free School Meals

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 8 September 2022.

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Photo of Monica Lennon Monica Lennon Labour

I am grateful to the cabinet secretary for that update and welcome the commitments that we have heard about this week. We have seen an anonymous donor donate a generous, five-figure sum towards offsetting school meals debt; we need the Government to cover the rest.

Given the cost of living crisis, we must go further and faster on the extension of free school meals. Can the cabinet secretary tell us the dates when pupils in P6 and P7 can expect those to be available? When will we see that equality in our secondary schools?