Ross Greer, the Scottish Green MSP for the West of Scotland has hailed the announcement that the Scottish Government will write-off school meal debt, which they say will be a huge relief for families in Renfrewshire.

Scottish Green MSPs first proposed the write-off after finding that over £1 million was owed by families across Scotland. A Freedom of Information request by Ross Greer showed that at the end of 2021, families in Renfrewshire were £47,346.36 in debt for school meals.

Ross Greer MSP said: “This is really welcome news for families in Renfrewshire and I am proud that we have delivered it with Scottish Greens in government.

“We know that young people struggle in school if they’re hungry or stressed by their family being chased for money they cannot afford to pay.

“Not only has chasing this debt caused anxiety and embarrassment for students and their families, I know that school staff hate being put in the position of asking pupils for money they know the family does not have.

“We are proud that 90,000 children in Scotland are being lifted out of poverty this year by Scottish Government policies like the £25 per week Scottish Child Payment, free bus travel for young people and an expanding programme of free school meals, all funded by the most progressive taxation system anywhere in the UK.

“In stark contrast to what we see at Westminster, these are the actions of a government committed to building a fairer Scotland.”

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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