Lunch club boost for kids
SLC to help those in deprived areas
Two of Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s most deprived areas could benefit from holiday lunch clubs once this year’s budget package is passed.
Primary school children in Springhall and Whitlawburn will be among those eligible.
The proposal could help ensure that children continue to access healthy and nutritious meals through the summer when access to free school meals is not available.
As well as providing lunch, the programme will include a range of activities designed to encourage children to be active during the summer period.
The council could also create free breakfast clubs across all schools in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
These will be implemented in a number of schools as a pilot, and if successful could eventually be rolled out across the region.
According to the last budget report to the executive committee: “Ensuring a child enjoys a healthy breakfast can lead to improved learning and attendance.”
Both projects will cost the council £500,000.
The ruling SNP group at the council claimed credit for the move.
Chair of the education resources committee and Cambuslang East councillor, Katy Loudon, said: “Working towards educational excellence for all and closing the gap in attainment between young people from our most and least deprived communities is a defining mission of the SNP.
“We will therefore bring forward a budget that introduces free breakfast clubs in South Lanarkshire’s primary schools over the coming year.
“We also recognise that existing arrangements are in place at some schools and will work with organisations and communities to ensure that our proposals support their existing efforts.
“To complement this proposal, the SNP will also ask councillors from all parties to back our ambitious plans to introduce holiday lunch clubs in our most deprived communities.
“As well as giving pupils the opportunity to access nutritious meals when free school meals are not available, the clubs will provide a range of engaging activities to keep our young people fit.”