North-east education chiefs have set out revised arrangements for school meal payments after pupils began to return to the classroom.
Free School Meals
Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to find cash in the budget to give all primary school pupils free school meals.
The Department for Education (DfE) failed to renegotiate the terms of a contract with the provider of free school meal vouchers and secure better value for money for the taxpayer, MPs have warned.
Children have gone hungry because of Gavin Williamson’s “incompetence” as Education Secretary, Labour has said, ahead of a Commons debate on free school meal provision.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green has called for Gavin Williamson to resign over the latest free school meals scandal, saying he “plainly isn’t up to the job”.
The Government should trust parents and give them cash directly for free school meals instead of vouchers, Labour has demanded.
Footballer Marcus Rashford has stepped up pressure on Boris Johnson over free school meals in England with a call for an urgent review of the Government’s policy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Action should be taken against the food provider which compiled “appalling” free school meal parcels for families, the Home Secretary has said.
Free school meals are back in focus after pictures of meagre food parcels sent to families were widely shared on social media.
Families given “degrading” food parcels as part of the Government’s free school meals programme are being treated “like dirt”, with one mother taking steps to pawn her jewellery to pay for meals.
Downing Street has said the contents of some free school meal food parcels sent to families are “completely unacceptable” and the Government is looking into the issue.
A north-east council is preparing to help out people struggling financially with the pandemic.
Two north-east MSPs have welcomed plans to make free school meals eligible all year round to every primary school pupil.
The debate over the Government’s provision of free school meals sounds like it is from Victorian times, according to George The Poet.
Scottish Conservative MPs will not take part in House of Commons votes that only apply to England after Douglas Ross came under fire for failing to support free school meals south of the border.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross moved to distance his party from the row erupting south of the border by declaring free school meals for children will not encourage dependency.
North-east Conservative MPs silent over why they voted against giving free school meals to poor children
Two north-east Conservative MPs who voted against plans to extend free school meals to poor families over the winter today declined to comment when asked to explain their reasons.
Councillors have today agreed to extend Aberdeen's free school meal programme.
Aberdeen's policy on free school meals could be extended to more families to mitigate the rollout of Universal Credit.
Concerns have been raised that hundreds of families in Moray could be missing out on free school meals during the coronavirus lockdown.
Families who usually qualify for free school meals are to receive a payment to cover the cost of them from today.
Steps have been taken to boost the number of families signing up for free school meals across Aberdeen.
Aberdeen city council has launched a consultation after being given approval for a major school meals scheme.