Free School Meal Payments Continue


13th January 2021

Free school meal payments are being made to qualifying Dundee families in the new lockdown.

Around 6,000 children will be covered by the scheme, which is paying £27 per qualifying child for the period covering 7 - 22 January.

Eligibility is for nursery children included on a housing benefit/council tax reduction claim and pupils in P1-3 who receive the school clothing grant. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meal entitlement.

Children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “I am pleased that this scheme is continuing, as I know this made a big difference to families across our city.

“We know the impact that these payments have made to many families, with several parents getting in touch with us to share their appreciation of this valuable support while schools are closed to most pupils.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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