Free school meals

Scottish Budget Debate (Stage 1) Briefing

26 January 2022
Ahead of stage 1 of the debate on the Scottish budget on the 27th of January, CPAG in Scotland have published a briefing outlining the impact that doubling the Scottish child payment in this budget will have for families in Scotland. The briefing also outlines further action that needs to be taken including the doubling of bridging payments and rolling out universal free school meals from August 2022 as promised.

Tax credits and early years ebulletin December 2021

December 2021
Post Office card accounts, free childcare, free school meals, Scottish child payment bridging payments and more.

Free school meals win in Wales

25 November 2021
CPAG welcomes the news that all primary school pupils in Wales will receive free school meals in the next three years.

CPAG's submission to the Spending Review

08 October 2021
​​We are making recommendations to the government as part of its Spending Review.

The £20 cut - what now for families?

06 October 2021
The £20 cut to universal credit represents the biggest single cut to social security since World War II and is happening at the same time as food and heating costs are rising. This blog provides practical tips on how to support families struggling to stretch their shrinking budgets. You do not have to be a benefits expert to do this.

Time for Lunch: why children in poverty are currently denied free school meals

03 September 2021
For children living in poverty, school should be a place where they can access learning and essential opportunities in the same way as their peers. Free school meals should be available so children can eat during their school day without any worry and parents have one less thing to think about. That way, children can focus on learning, playing and fully participating in their education. Unfortunately, for more than a third of children in poverty in the UK, access to a free daily meal at school is denied.

Back to school – supporting pupils from low-income families in England

01 September 2021
For many pupils, families and school staff, excitement has been building for the start of the new school year. However, for some families experiencing poverty, this can be a time of anxiety. A time of increased costs as uniforms, PE kits, travel cards and stationery are needed. But there are some straightforward steps that schools can take to ensure that all families and children get off to a great start.

One million children in poverty miss out on free school meals in the UK

31 August 2021
A new report from Child Poverty Action Group and Covid Realities shows that 36% (about 1 million) of all school-aged children in poverty in the UK are not entitled to a free meal at school. The analysis shows that despite a rise in the number of children claiming FSMs between March 2020 and March 2021, restrictive eligibility criteria still prevent many in poverty from accessing any form of free school meal provision.

Fixing Lunch: The case for expanding free school meals

31 August 2021
Free school meal (FSM) provision has been thrust into the media spotlight during the pandemic. But how widespread is FSM coverage? How do parents feel about FSM provision? And what do they think could be done to improve it?

Post-COVID policy: child poverty, social security and housing

20 July 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the life of every child and their family in the country. Families with children have been among the worst affected, with job losses and increased costs of living from repeated lockdowns and school closures, causing many families to struggle financially. The pandemic has made life much harder for low-income households, those already living in insecure housing and at risk of homelessness, and those with precarious immigration status.