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 Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

As I said in my original answer, we are working closely with local authorities to determine what capital work must be undertaken—for example, to increase the capacity of kitchens and dining facilities. That work is on-going and is being supported by £30 million from the Scottish Government. We are continuing that work with local authorities.

I do, of course, recognise the impact of the cost of living crisis on families. That is why there is additional support—for example, through the increase of the Scottish child payment to £25 per week from 14 November for current recipients and the opening of applications for children aged up to 16, which will be a welcome additional support for families across Scotland.