Free School meals and Breakfast Clubs - still no extra money, says MSP

15 January 2009

Marlyn Glen said that there was "still no extra money" from the Scottish Government to "remove the unenviable choice Dundee City Council could face between providing free school meals for P1- P3 classes and being forced to consider withdrawing breakfast clubs to pay for them."

Ms. Glen had written to Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop saying that Dundee City Council should be fully funded by the Scottish Government to provide free school meals for younger children.

She said that there was evidence that breakfast clubs "provide social and educational benefits for children.

"They ensure that children do not miss breakfast and they help to encourage healthy eating habits.

In reply , Children’s Minister Adam Ingram, said

"I know most local authorities run breakfast clubs, particularly in deprived areas, and I would like to encourage continuation, and even expansion of these initiatives.

"I do not see this as an either-or issue.

Disagreeing with the Minister, Ms. Glen said,

"This is an ‘either-or’ matter.

" Either Dundee City Council receives more funding from the Scottish Government for free school meals provision or it may have to consider pulling out of breakfast clubs to pay for them."


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