Government free school meals decision 'deeply disappointing'

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Responding to the Department for Education’s announcement on free school meals under Universal Credit, Clare Bracey, Director of Campaigns at The Children’s Society, said, “We are deeply disappointed that the government has decided to press ahead with plans that will see one million children in poverty miss out on free school meals under universal credit. This will disadvantage poor children from working families and mean some parents will be better off taking a pay cut.

“We would also welcome a response from the Minister explaining why the Department for Education has left the views of more than 8,000 people, who responded to the consultation with The Children’s Society, out of its analysis of the consultation responses. Disregarding the voices of thousands of people who feel strongly that all school children on universal credit should get a free school meal gives a highly skewed picture of support for the government’s policy and makes a mockery of the consultation process."

* Read Eligibility for free school meals, the early years pupil premium and the free early education entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit: Government consultation response here

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