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05/01/15 16:06

Media Briefing - Monday 5th January 2015

Media Briefing by a Scottish Government Spokesperson - Monday 5 January 2015

The Scottish Government Spokesperson (SGS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

The First Minister is visiting her former school, Dreghorn Primary in North Ayrshire, to mark the expansion of free school meals in Scotland to cover all pupils in primary 1-3. This will benefit an additional 135,000 pupils and save families of every eligible child at least £330 a year. The SGS said that the FM will be meeting with canteen staff during her visit and helping them serve lunch to school pupils during the busy lunch period.

The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, has announced the start of the waste water exemption scheme for charities. This means charities and sports clubs across Scotland which have an income of less than £200,000 a year will no longer need to pay water and sewerage charges, and those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate. The announcement means charities and sports clubs will now be able to keep more of the money they raise in 2015.

The SGS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.