Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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FREE LUNCH

Meals for 135,000 primary pupils

Younger primary-level pupils in Scotland's schools are now entitled to a free school lunch, under a Scottish Government scheme that ministers say will remove the stigma of subsidised meals, and deliver better nutrition, health and academic achievement. Ministers claim that the provision, covering 135,000 children in years Primary 1-3, will save an average family upwards of £330 a year.

BOOM TIME

Minister hails inward investment

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabbe has said the Welsh economy is growing faster than any other part of the UK. 'Last year Wales attracted its highest number of inward investment projects for nearly a quarter of a century. And the number of people claiming unemployment benefits is at a six-year low,' he said in a speech. Wales now needs a '21st century vision' for skills and infrastructure investment, he said. …

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