Statement from Fiona Twycross AM in the week marking when infant school children will receive free school meals for the first time:
“This is a major milestone in the introduction of a policy that will make a major contribution to improving the diets and life chances of our youngest school children, and will save families up to £500 per child a year. Hungry children do not learn and evidence shows that the attainment of all children improves in schools with universal school meals, but the poorest children show the greatest improvement in their results.
“Experience shows that where there have been universal free school meals, as championed in pilots by Southwark, Camden and Islington Councils, they are extremely popular with schools, parents and children. This policy has its roots in Labour run pilots and campaigns and we now have the opportunity to complete this legacy. We must now push for a cross-party consensus on the issue to roll out the policy to all primary school children and bring the much needed benefits of free school meals for all to a whole generation of school children."