MP backs £600m scheme to provide free primary school meals
MP has backed a £600million government initiative to give
every infant school pupil in the UK free school lunches from next
September 2014, 16,766 infant school pupils in Somerset will benefit
from a free hot and healthy meal at lunchtime.
coalition government will fund schools in England to provide free
meals for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I talk to parents all the
time in my patch and I know they are feeling the squeeze."
the course of a year, the average family spends £400 on
lunches for each child and we are determined to ease the financial
burden for these families."
shows us that having a guaranteed nutritious hot meal raises attainment
and it is right that every child has a fair start in those very
crucial early years of their education."
free school meals for primary school pupils was a key recommendation
in a recent review of school food produced independently for the
Department for Education.
review found that, in pilots where all children had been given
a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead
of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Cleggs recent announcement, the
Coalition Government will also extend free school meals to disadvantaged
students in further education and sixth form colleges. Free school
meals are only currently available for eligible students at school
new measures will cost approximately £600m and full details
on how the schemes will be funded is due to be announced in the
government's Autumn Statement 2013.