Free school meals

Published September 25, 2015 at 15:42

Free school meals for all children aged four to seven, regardless of family income, were introduced in 2014  under the Universal Infant Free School Meals policy.

The scheme, which provides hot, nutritional lunches, is reckoned to save parents around £400 per child, per year.

Until 2014, around 367,000 children in this age group whose parents were on benefits or earned less than £16,190 had been eligible for free school meals.

Recent reports suggest that George Osborne is going to cut this scheme in the November spending review, however those who are on benefits will still receive meals for free.

UNISON branch organiser Louise Astin says:

“We need people to support us and sign the petition against scrapping free school meals for infants at school.

“School meals cost around £2.20 a day so if people have more than one child aged between four and seven and we lose the scheme, it could end up costing them a lot of money per term – that’s on top of paying for milk and snacks every term.”

The petition can be signed by following this link.

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