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Free school meals for all P1-P4 pupils in Caithness

By David G Scott

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This month the universal provision of free school meals for all children in P1-P3 will be extended to include P4 children in the county.

In June, the Scottish Government announced a commitment of £28 million nationally towards the delivery of free school meals during term time for P4 children by this summer, and to P5 children by January 2022.

Free school meals are available for all P1-P4 pupils in Caithness.
Free school meals are available for all P1-P4 pupils in Caithness.

Education chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: “I am delighted that more children in our schools will have now had universal access to a healthy meal when they are at school at no cost to their parents or carers. It is important that our pupils have access to nutritious food for their overall health and will be very beneficial in the classroom as a good meal will support the learning and development of each child.”

Parents and carers can view the school menu at: www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/12301/free_school_meals_from_january_2015

School clothing grants of £140 per academic year are available for primary school children and £150 for secondary pupils. Parents and carers on a low income, who have not already done so, are encouraged to apply for this payment as soon as possible for children and young people in P1-S6 inclusive.

Even if your child is in P1-4 and therefore entitled to a free school meal, if you are on a low income, you will still be required to apply for a school clothing grant.

Eligibility criteria and the application form for a school clothing grant is available on the council’s website at: www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schools_-_grants_and_benefits/10 free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing

The Welfare Support Team can complete the application form on your behalf and check that all benefits due are being paid. Contact the team at welfare.support@highland.gov.uk or by calling 0800 090 1004.

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