We responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on changes required to passported benefits as a result of UK welfare reforms. In many cases, including that of free school lunch entitlement, we believe the optimum approach is to remove means testing altogether as the most effective way to meet the principles of simplification and making work pay. Whilst political realities may make it difficult to deliver universal provision immediately we argue government should work toward a universal approach, paid for through redistributive taxation, so that as resources can be prioritised further progress can be made.
We therefore suggest that all children in families in receipt of any universal credit should receive healthy Free School Lunches – with one option being to implement this in stages, starting with children in the first three years of primary school.
Read our response to the Scottish Government's consultation here.