Date lodged: 9 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many free school meals were distributed in each local authority area in the last year.
Answered by: John Swinney 27 September 2016
The Local Finance Returns outline the amount of free school meals served in pre-primary, primary, secondary and special education; and are published on a financial year, rather than a calendar year basis. The following table outlines the amount of free school meals served in pre-primary, primary, secondary and special education settings according to the most recent Local Finance Returns for 2014-15:
Total number of free school meals
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
Edinburgh, City of
Perth & Kinross
*Scotland total does not equal the sum of components due to rounding to nearest 000.
This data includes the number of free school meals provided for children in Primary 1-3 in January-March 2015 following the launch of the universal free school meals policy for P1-3 in January 2015.