free school meals

  • Cost key factor, say school meals campaigners as “draconian” regulations blamed for drop in take up

    May 17, 2010
    press release

    Responding to concerns that pupils are rejecting healthier school meals due to “draconian” regulations, campaigners today pointed to cost, and the current means testing of free school meals, as a key barrier to take up of healthy school meals. They point to official research showing price is a key factor in choosing not to eat a school lunch for up to a third of pupils.

    John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and a leading member of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign, said;

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  • CPAG response to announcement on free school meals

    September 17, 2013
    press release

    Immediate Release

    In response to reports that the Deputy Prime Minister will tomorrow announce that from next September infant school pupils in England will be provided with free school meals, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "This would be a very welcome announcement and an excellent example of how helping parents with the cost of living can also prevent some of the costs of child poverty mounting up.

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  • First Minister announces universal free school meals for primary 1, 2 and 3

    7 January 2014

    CPAG in Scotland is delighted that the First Minister has announced the extension of universal free school meals to all children in primary 1, 2 and 3.

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  • Free School Meals


    The Scottish Free School Meals Campaign has enjoyed real success over the last 12 months. In early 2014, following sustained activity led by CPAG in Scotland along with Campaign members, the Scottish Government announced that as of January 2015, all children in Primary 1, 2 and 3 in Scotland will be entitled to a healthy free school lunch.

    This statement was accompanied by a commitment from the Scottish Government that it will spend £55 million (£13m in year in 2014-15 and £42m in 2015-16) ensuring its policy becomes a reality.

  • Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

    December 4, 2013
    press release

    Commenting on today’s announcement on Free School Meals by the Deputy Prime Minster, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s great to see the government following through on the promise to provide free school meals to all primary school children up to 7 years old. The pilot schemes clearly proved it’s an excellent investment with improvements to children’s attainment and healthy eating.

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  • Free School Meals for infants next year: CPAG response

    17 September 2013

    The Deputy Prime Minister has announced that from next September infant school pupils in England will be provided with free school meals:

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  • Let's all have lunch!

    People often lament how the world of politics has very little to do with the ordinary lives of real people. For some parents, at least, that’s about to change.

    From September, all infant school children will be entitled to a free school meal. Across the country, children from all backgrounds will sit down together to a nutritious, healthy free lunch, fuelling concentration and learning.

  • Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

    27 February 2014

    After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

    CPAG's initial reaction is that it amounts to little more than listing current polices and lacks the ambition needed to reverse current failures.

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    June 21, 2017
    press release
    • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
    • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
    • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

    “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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  • Scottish Government urged to implement longstanding school meal commitment as Nick Clegg promises universal free school meals for English infant schools

    press release

    Scottish Free School Meals campaigners are urging Holyrood Ministers to make good on longstanding commitments to roll out free school meals for all pupils in the early year of primary school as the UK Coalition government looks set to introduce an approach successfully piloted by the SNP Scottish government in 2007/8.

    John Dickie, Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and a leading member of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign said:

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