Extra free school meals funding welcomed on Western Isles

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?

 

Subscribe Now

More than 470 children across the Western Isles will benefit from extra funding to extend free school meals over the Christmas and Easter holidays.

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

Last Wednesday, Tory MPs voted rejected a plan to extend the scheme, 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 his party’s opposition to the free school meals provision.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘Many families 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.

‘The Scottish Government’s decision to extend the free school meals scheme will be a great relief for many hard-pressed parents. This important investment will support around 470 children and young people in the islands, helping families meet the cost of meals over Christmas, February and Easter holidays.

‘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.’