Children’s free fruit scheme axed by Midlothian Council

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A scheme which gives free fruit to all P1 & 2 pupils is to be scrapped.

The SNP-led administration insists that the plans – part of the cost-cutting measures set out in its recent budget – will not deny pupils access to fruit.

But opposition Labour councillors have accused them of saving money at the expense of children’s health.

Instead of fruit being handed to each child in P1 and P2 free of charge, it will be incorporated into school meals.

The price of meals is set to rise by 10p and the council plans to cut the cost of producing each dinner by 5p through “menu changes and negotiating with suppliers”.

Labour claims the quality of food will suffer, but the SNP insists there will be “no impact” on the choice for children.

Read full story in the January 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.