Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th July 2022.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Labour, Washington and Sunderland West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2022 to Question 35936 on Poverty: Children, whether the 9 million most disadvantaged pupils are (a) eligible for and (b) claiming a free school meal.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Education)

The number of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals (FSM) is published in the National Statistics publication ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ available at: The latest published statistics show that in January 2022, 1.9 million pupils were eligible for and claiming FSM.

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