Marcus Rashford may have won his battle to ensure kids don’t starve in England – but that just brings the promise to cover free school meals through the summer holidays in line with Wales and Scotland.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon bolstered the commitment made to 175,000 children across Scotland this summer by announcing an extra £12.6 million to help local authorities feed kids.
The number of children receiving free school food has risen by 53,000 in Scotland since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the impact of the pandemic on family incomes and financial circumstances.
Sturgeon’s announcement came just minutes before Westminster caved into Rashford’s demands, promising to put £120m into extending the free school meals voucher scheme to give kids £15 per week over the six-week break.
She said: “Free Schools Meals are currently being made available to around 175,000 children across Scotland, either within local authority premises which are still open or through direct cash payments, supermarket vouchers or the direct supply of meals.
“I can confirm that this provision will be extended throughout the summer holiday period, we know families are under considerable financial pressures and free school meals are a help to many.