Expansion of Free School Meals


21st June 2021

Free school meals will be offered to all P4 pupils from the start of term in August.

They are joining all pupils from P1-3 in the scheme funded by the Scottish Government.

The expansion will also cover all P5 pupils from January 2022, councillors will be told, with the council receiving £668,000 in support for the next school year.

Meanwhile, school holiday support could be provided for pupils from P1-3 who are in receipt of the school clothing grant and for P54-S6 who pupils are eligible for free school meals on the basis of low income.

The policy and resources committee will hear on Monday June 21 that the cost for the near 5,700 children and young people for 58 days holiday in the 2021/22 school year would be £817,655. Again, this funding is coming from the Scottish Government.

Policy & resources convener and council leader John Alexander said: ” I am delighted that this money has become available from the Scottish Government especially to allow for the continuation of holiday payments to those who qualify.

“This money has made a huge difference to families who have been struggling throughout the pandemic. The committee is also considering a report on tackling child poverty and these payments are helping in our efforts to make the city a better place for everyone.”

Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter added: “The expansion of free meals at first for all P4 pupils and then the P5 classes will ensure that even more primary children have the opportunity to get a healthy meal during the school day.

“The health and educational benefits of good nutrition are well known and I look forward to this scheme starting in Dundee schools.”

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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