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The Cost of Missing Lunchtime: A briefing on free school meals in the North East

12 May 2021
New calculations carried out by Child Poverty Action Group, Children North East and the North East Child Poverty Commission show that one in four North East children living below the UK poverty line (over 35,000 children) are not currently eligible for free school meals, and therefore miss out on the many proven benefits associated with the policy. In addition, more than one in ten North East children (11 per cent) who are eligible for free school meals do not take up this offer, meaning they do not benefit from the support that they are entitled to.

Programme for Government 2021 - 2026

29 April 2021
CPAG in Scotland's Programme for Government outlines the key policy and investments that must be made by the next Scottish Government in order to ensure families have the resources they need to give their children a decent start in life

Our 2021 Budget submission

09 February 2021
CPAG's submission to the UK government ahead of the 2021 Budget.

Expanding eligibility for free school meals in Wales | Ehangu cymhwystra am brydau ysgol am ddim yng Nghymru

16 October 2020
Our analysis has found that over half of children in Wales who live below the UK poverty line are not entitled to free school meals. | Yn ôl ein dadansoddiad, nid oes gan fwy na hanner y plant yng Nghymru yn byw islaw ffin tlodi’r DU hawl i brydau ysgol am ddim.

Free school meals briefing

17 September 2020
We believe free school meals should be a universal part of the school experience. As well as preventing and reducing child poverty, the provision of school meals to all pupils has a number of other well-document benefits.

Supporting families during the COVID-19 pandemic

17 March 2020
CPAG welcomes steps that have been taken so far to support low-income people, but much more needs to be done to support families in this time of national crisis.

A child-centred reform of children's social security

18 December 2019
As part of our Secure Futures for Children and Families project, Megan A. Curran, PhD, postdoctoral research scientist at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University, examines how the social security system could be reformed to put children at the centre in this paper.

Living Hand to Mouth

19 April 2019
Over four million children in Britain are growing up in poverty, with many at risk of going without nutritious or adequate food. As poverty has risen, families with children are among the hardest hit. Based on the first-hand accounts of 51 children, Living Hand to Mouth by researchers at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education shines a spotlight on what children say about food and how they manage their everyday lives around food.

The free school meals poverty trap

12 March 2018
Up to now, all families receiving universal credit have been eligible for free school meals. However, from 1 April 2018 in England, the Government plans to introduce a new earnings limit so that families on universal credit earning over £7,400 a year (after tax and national insurance) are no longer eligible.

Free school meals and universal credit: CPAG's consultation response

05 February 2018
CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals, as per the current legal situation.