Steve McCabe MP demands answers from Government on free school meals

Steve McCabe MP has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Government demanding answers on the universal free school meals policy for infants aged 5 to 7 years old.

Steve has expressed concerns about the fact that the Department for Education will not comment on reports that axing universal free school meals is under consideration, just a year after the policy was implemented by the coalition government.

The policy was designed to ensure that all children aged between 5 and 7 would get a healthy lunchtime meal to give them the best start in their school life. The Government’s reluctance to comment on whether the policy will be scrapped in Osborne’s next spending review is of concern to many parents and schools alike. Many schools have invested in new kitchen facilities to cater for the policy.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“If the Government does scrap free school meals, the combination of this and the cuts to tax credits for low income families is likely to have a damaging impact on children from the poorest backgrounds.

“It does not make sense to reverse the policy when schools have at their own cost recently installed new kitchens to deliver this scheme. I will be pushing for transparency and will be asking the Government to clarify its position on the policy.”

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