COUNCIL bosses have announced that all families in receipt of free school meals will receive payments to support them through the current lockdown.

The local authority will pay the money directly into parents' bank accounts, who will receive £25 per child once per fortnight.

The move is intended to support families who are on free school meals while they are learning from home. 

Parents and carers will receive the first payment on Friday, January 22 to cover the weeks beginning January 11 and 18 and every two weeks following that until schools reopen.

In a letter to parents with children at city schools, Executive Director of Education for Glasgow City Council said: "As you know, during the Scottish Government's current lockdown restrictions, most of our pupils are learning from home. 

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support - I know this is a challenging time for all of us.

"In order to support families of children who are eligible for free school meals we are writing to let you know that during this period of lockdown we will pay £25 per child every two weeks into parents/carers' bank accounts."

The move come after pictures on social media appearing to be of food parcels sent to families receiving free school meals accross England caused controversy with Marcus Rashford calling the provisions "not good enough."