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Nick Clegg: Free school meals will be delivered on time

May 15, 2014 1:42 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Free school meals will be delivered on time, Nick Clegg has said today. This means that from September this year, all children between the ages of five and seven will receive free school meals, saving families around £430 per child.

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Speaking on his weekly radio show Call Clegg on LBC, Nick reassured listeners that from September, schools in England will be able to provide free lunches for all infant pupils.

Nick said:

"I don't want parents and teachers to be uncertain about the delivery of this. It will happen and it will happen on time in September and of course we need to give support to schools whose kitchens' facilities are not quite right. But the overwhelming majority of schools are already telling us that they could do it, and of course we have got to work with those who have got real challenges."

In The Times today, Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws and Education Secretary Michael Gove respond to reports of a coalition row over the policy and explain how the scheme benefits children.

"Schools in pilot areas reported improvements in behaviour and morale. Head teachers said that the policy had unified their schools with children eating together."

"This is a comprehensive, carefully worked out and coherent plan to improve the food in our schools and ensure that children eat healthily."