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Scottish Labour outlines plans for free meals for all school pupils during the summer holidays

SCOTTISH Labour has announced plans for free meals for all school pupils during the summer holidays through the creation of summer catch-up clubs.

Party leader Anas Sarwar said the policy would be available to all pupils, potentially benefiting about 700,000 children currently enrolled in Scotland’s education system.

About a quarter of children in Scotland live in relative poverty and holiday hunger remains a serious issue. 

The SNP has committed to providing free school meals to primary school pupils during the summer holidays. 

Mr Sarwar said: “This pandemic has thrown the existing inequalities in our society into sharp relief.

“By introducing summer meal clubs for all of Scotland’s school pupils, Scottish Labour will put the fight against child poverty and holiday hunger at the heart of our national recovery plan.

“We cannot, and we must not, return to the old inequalities after this pandemic. This ambitious policy can ensure that no child goes hungry over the summer holidays.”

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