UK adopts free school meal policy
by FFE EU News staff
British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced that all children in their first three years of primary school will be given free school meals. According to the liberal democrat leader, the government will spend more than £400 for each child aged 5-7 annually starting September 2014.
The new policy aims to reduce household cost of living and to ensure that households are better off today after several years of rising prices of goods. All children in English state schools will receive the free meals regardless of their parents’ income.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Clegg said that all parents deserve help: “We will help all families in these tough times… by helping their young children get the best possible start in life.”
The policy was supported by Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the Leon chain of restaurants which carried out a review of school meals for the government. He said “Money that makes children from all backgrounds perform better, achieve better, sets them up better for life, is a good place to spend money.”