Midlothian’s MSPs back free school meals

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Midlothian’s SNP MSPs have welcomed the news that pupils in P1-P3 will have access to free school lunches from January next year.

As part of a £114 million Scottish Government funding package for young people over two years, every one of Scotland’s P1 to P3 children will have the option of a free meal in school.

Based on the latest available figures for the Midlothian Council area 2,916 children are eligible to benefit from this announcement.

Holyrood also announced that free childcare provision would also be expanded to every two year-old from a workless household.

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie said: “I was proud to vote for the rollout of healthy free school meals to all children in Primaries 1 to 3, and a significant expansion of childcare provision.”

Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame added: “This policy will also give local councils the opportunity to source more of its fresh ingredients from local farms and food producers, which will give a welcome boost to the local economy.”