The Liberal Democrats have pledged that all school children under the age of 11 will be entitled to free school meals under manifesto plans announced today…
The Lib Dems claim that extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children and save parents around £400 per child a year.
They also claim pilot studies have shown that a hot, healthy meal at lunchtime greatly improves the health, behaviour and results of school children, providing them with the best start in life.
On the new committment, Nick Clegg says:
“Liberal Democrats want every child to have the best possible start in life. That’s why I want every child to have a hot, healthy school lunch.
“We know that giving children a healthy lunch helps them to concentrate in the afternoon and do better in class.
“It will also save parents £400 for every child they have in primary school.”
Would you welcome an extension of universal free school meals to all primary children?
There is no mention of the cost here, or where the money would come from, but is this kind of universal benefit the right approach or should help be targeted at the most in need?
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