Welcoming the Labour party’s commitment to extending free school meals to all primary school children, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:
“This is a welcome move which we have long campaigned for. The evidence on the benefits for children of extending school meals is very strong. It shows children’s school results are boosted, their diet improves and parents in food poverty have more to spend on nutritious breakfast and dinners for their kids. What’s more, free school meals save families much-needed money and strengthen work incentives, helping parents get better off through work.
“The minority of children currently on free school meals tell us they feel stigmatised; extending entitlement should reduce, if not eliminate, that problem. If the concern is the well-being of children in just-managing families, the case for extending entitlement is a compelling one.”
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