Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

December 4, 2013

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.

“It’s a policy that really helps families make ends meet too. Child Poverty Action Group’s research has shown that the cost of bringing up children is rising faster than headline inflation, so a policy like this that saves families hundreds of pounds is going to be a big help.

“There’s a clear case for free school meals for all children. This policy takes some great strides down the right road and we will be encouraging all political parties to make future policies to bring the benefit of free school meals to even more children and families.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk

www.cpag.org.uk