Primary Education: Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of introducing free school meals to all primary school children.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

Expanding universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) to all primary school children is not something the government plans to do and we have not examined this fully. However, initial costings suggest there would be an additional cost of between £700m to £900m per year, increasing the overall cost of UIFSM to between £1.3 billion and £1.5 billion per year.

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