OVER £15,000 of school meal debt in Inverclyde is being written off under a new Scottish Government policy.

Scottish Green MSPs first proposed the write-off after finding that over £1 million was owed by families across Scotland.

A Freedom of Information request by the party's Ross Greer showed that at the end of 2021, families in Inverclyde were £16,179 in debt for school meals.

Mr Greer said: “This is really welcome news for families in Inverclyde and I am proud that we have delivered it with Scottish Greens in government.

“We are proud that 90,000 children in Scotland are being lifted out of poverty by Scottish Government policies like the £25 per week Scottish Child Payment, free bus travel for young people and an expanding programme of free school meals, all funded by the most progressive taxation system anywhere in the UK.

“In stark contrast to what we see at Westminster, these are the actions of a government committed to building a fairer Scotland.”