Free School Meals

The Liberal Democrats are the most ambitious party on free school meals

Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey slams Conservative government for “letting children go hungry in the worst cost of living crisis in a generation”.
The government currently only provides meals for all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. In year 3 and above, the government has set stringent conditions on family income for children receiving free school meals.
This means children in poverty are not getting the nourishment they need. Analysis by PWC found that every £1 spent on free school meals for the poorest children generates £1.38 in health and earnings benefits, including improvements to children’s health, education and future working life opportunities.

Our local campaign in Greenwich highlighted the issue of Free School Meals in Greenwich and  now our Manifesto has given details of our current national plan.

The first phase includes an immediate extension of free school meals to all 900,000 children living in poverty who currently miss out. The second phase would see all primary school children receiving free school meals as the public finances stabilise.

Ulysse Abbate and Timi Jibogu
Our Eltham PPC, Ulysse Abbate, alongside Greenwich’s former Member of the Youth Parliament, Timi Jibogu Timi, delivered a letter to the council calling for more action.
The letter to the Leader of Greenwich Council & Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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