The SNP had pledged to make free school meals available to all pupils in P1-P7 by August 2022 but that timetable was quietly dropped last night.

Free school meals will not be made available to all primary pupils next year despite a high-profile pledge by the Scottish Government.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney promised in November 2020 the SNP would make the policy universal to all pupils by August 2022 if his party retained power at May’s election.

But an official Budget document published last night revealed funding has only been made available to extend the free school meals programme to pupils in P4 and P5.

Pupils in P6 and P7 will have to wait until “later in the parliamentary term”.

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