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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
What is the planned investment in production facilities this year to cope with the increase in school meals warranted by the roll out of universal free school food?
The answer to your question is the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2022-23 has included £42.2 million for local authorities to provide universal free school lunches during school term-time for all children in primaries 4 and 5. This is in additional to the £53 million for local authorities to provide universal free school lunches for all children in primaries 1 to 3.
In addition, the 2022-23 draft budget also includes a £30 million capital allocation for initial investment in school kitchens ahead of roll-out of free lunches to all primary school children (from primaries 1 to 7) later in the parliamentary term.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House