Free School Meals and Healthy Start Scheme

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 6 July 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 13088 on Free School Meals and Healthy Start Scheme, for what reasons he is not considering other measures to cover the period between the end of eligibility for Healthy Start and the start of free school meals.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The eligibility criteria for the Healthy Start scheme are kept under continuous review. There are no current plans to extend the eligibility criteria for the scheme by one year to cover children under the age of five. The Department is not considering other measures as it is currently prioritising the roll-out of the digitised Healthy Start service.

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