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Highland MSP asks why council is opting out of discounted lunches scheme


By Tom Ramage

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School children are set to return tomorrow (Wednesday) but pupils in the Highlands will be unable to benefit from the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in their school canteens.

Highand MSP Edward Mountain
Highand MSP Edward Mountain

Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council have registered their schools for the initiative, but Highland Council has opted out of the scheme.

Yesterday, a spokesperson said: “The Highland Council has considered the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme and determined that the cost, time and resource implications of implementing the scheme for eight days only during August are not viable.”

Today, Edward Mountain MSP commented: “Parents will be questioning why the Highland Council is choosing to opt out of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative.

"There are a huge number of school children who stood to benefit from this scheme but now cannot.

"Highland Council have said that the implementation of the scheme is not appropriate for them.

"However, I would certainly welcome a more detailed explanation with a cost analysis for that justification.”

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