P1 to S6 pupils who receive free school meals on a low income basis have been given a one-time welfare allowance of £ 25, per child or youth, to ensure this provision can continue during the holiday break from school.
This welfare payment was agreed to help Highland parents and guardians provide nutritious hot meals for their children during a very expensive and often difficult time of year.
A nutritionally balanced diet has been shown to promote good memory and cognitive abilities in children and youth and therefore improve learning and educational attainment.
In addition, energy levels are increased allowing children and young people to stay active during the winter school vacation period.
Cllr John Finlayson, Chairman of the Highland Council Education Committee, said: “I am delighted that our free school meal payments for the holiday season have been made automatically to our families on the basis of existing entitlements, without quitting. ‘they need to fill out application forms.
“Council members recognize the growing pressures facing low-income families, including the removal of the £ 20 top-up universal credit payment, the withdrawal from the holiday scheme and the sky-high and crippling increases in energy prices.
“I hope these welfare payments will go some way to supporting the health of our children and youth while providing financial respite for Highland families during this expensive and difficult time of year.”