Scottish government adds plant milk to the free Nursery Milk Scheme

Yvonne O'Halloran

After increased pressure from The Vegan Society, the Scottish government has added soya milk to the free Nursery Milk Scheme, allowing young children to access plant milk free of charge.

Previously, children under five were only entitled to cows milk and there was no alternative for those with allergies, intolerances and other dietary needs.

Years of campaigning from The Vegan Society has meant that from August 2021, these children will be able to choose fortified soya milk instead, as part of the new Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack scheme.

Sabrina Ahmed, Campaigns and Policy Officer at The Vegan Society told Vegan Food and Living: “We are often contacted by parents of young children who describe the indirect discrimination they have faced due to the existing UK Nursery Milk Scheme. Many children have lost out on this free health benefit because of their ethical beliefs, which is unfair.“

“We’re delighted to see that the Scottish Government has now recognised this negative impact and that the new Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme is inclusive of those who cannot consume animal milk because of medical, religious or other beliefs.”

This sets a great precedent for other public health schemes to follow suit.”

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

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