Falkirk Council’s SNP Group have successfully reversed one of the most embarrassing cuts inflicted by the Labour-Tory coalition Administration – free school meals for pupils at the special needs Carrongrange School in Larbert.
Four years ago the council’s Labour led administration scrapped the free meals for pupils at Carrongrange to save only £20,000 per year – children from all over Falkirk district attend the school, making a home trip at lunchtime impossible.
Each year since Labour cut the free school meals to these special needs children, the SNP has tried in vain to have the service restored to this group of especially vulnerable children but have been voted down by the Labour-Tory coalition each year until this year – an election year.
SNP Education Spokesperson, Cllr Tom Coleman said:
“Removing the free school meals from this group of children was a clear demonstration that Falkirk Council’s Labour / Tory Coalition know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
“Since this shameful act there have been three opportunities to support the SNP in having this service restored, so why the u-turn now?
“Quite simply the reason why the Falkirk coalition accepted the SNP amendment this year and not any of the previous three SNP attempts is because we are weeks away from local elections.
“Labour, Tory and Independent Councillors concerns were not for the children of Carrongrange but for their own electoral prospects.”