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S5W-02604: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

Scotland*

22,828,000

Aberdeen City

597,000

Aberdeenshire

709,000

Angus

417,000

Argyll & Bute

330,000

Clackmannanshire

262,000

Dumfries & Galloway

714,000

Dundee City

773,000

East Ayrshire

697,000

East Dunbartonshire

445,000

East Lothian

312,000

East Renfrewshire

367,000

Edinburgh, City of

1,430,000

Eilean Siar

75,000

Falkirk

794,000

Fife

1,381,000

Glasgow City

3,651,000

Highland

842,000

Inverclyde

427,000

Midlothian

422,000

Moray

288,000

North Ayrshire

779,000

North Lanarkshire

1,818,000

Orkney Islands

59,000

Perth & Kinross

384,000

Renfrewshire

733, 000

Scottish Borders

418,000

Shetland Islands

57,000

South Ayrshire

494,000

South Lanarkshire

1,356,000

Stirling

306,000

West Dunbartonshire

516,000

West Lothian

979,000

*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.