Free school meals for infants

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch

Infants to get free school meals

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every infant in England will receive a free school lunch from September 2014.

The announcement follows a pilot scheme which was carried out in schools across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham.

Mr Clegg says the scheme will save parents more than £400 a year.

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Clegg to outline free school meal plans

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the Government plans to provide free school meals for infants in England.

Here is a segment of the speech the Liberal Democrat leader will make in Glasgow on Wednesday:

From next September we’ll give every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 a healthy lunch every day – saving families more than £400 per year, per child.

For the Liberal Democrats, this is a first step: my ambition is to provide free school meals for all primary school children. Another reason we want to get into Government again next time round.

The Conservatives, on the other hand, have made it clear that their priority is to help some families over others, with a tax break for married couples. A tax break for some, funded through the taxes of others. That tells you everything you need to know about their values.

We, however, will help all families in these tough times, not just the kind we like best, by helping their young children get the best possible start in life – and that tells you everything about ours.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Clegg announces free school meals for infants

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch.

Under a new Government-funded scheme, children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at schools in England will be given a hot, healthy school lunch to help save families more than £400 a year per child.

Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education.

Pilots took place across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham, which found that where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime.