Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of extending eligibility for universal free school meals to primary school children in all year groups.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

All children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in England’s state-funded schools receive a free meal.

We spend around £600 million per year ensuring 1.4 million infants enjoy a free, healthy and nutritious meal at lunchtime following the introduction of the universal infant free school meals policy in 2014.

We have not estimated the cost of extending eligibility to primary school children in all year groups.

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