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Hundreds of children to benefit from Free School Meals payments over summer holidays

The families of many Perth and Kinross children will continue to receive payments for Free School Meals during the summer holidays.

Since lockdown began and schools closed, the parents of children eligible for Free School Meals have received fortnightly payments from Perth & Kinross Council direct to their bank accounts.

There are more than 1700 children in Perth and Kinross who qualify for Free School Meals because their families are in receipt of qualifying benefits. 

Perth & Kinross Council has now committed to making these payments for the duration of the summer holidays.

Sheena Devlin, Executive Director of Education and Children's Services with Perth & Kinross Council, said: "We know the current lockdown is making life difficult for many families and want to help where we can.

"Addressing food insecurity in this way not only helps ensure our children and young people continue to enjoy a healthy diet, it also relieves some of the stress for parents over the summer holidays.

"We will also continue to make payments when schools return in August, although these will be adjusted to reflect the days children attend school."

Schools will return on August 11 but a blend of home and classroom learning is expected for most pupils.

Free School Meals payments will continue to be paid after this date, but only for days when a child is not in school.

For any young person attending school every day there will be no direct payment for Free School Meals.

Direct payments will be reviewed again before the October break