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Concerns are being raised about the Government's ability to afford a £1 billion giveaway handing all children under eight free school meals alongside a likely tax break for married couples.

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Free school meals for all infants in England

The Coalition will fund schools in England to provide every infant school child with a hot meal at lunchtime. Credit: PA

Every child at infant school in England will receive a free school meal from next September, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.

The Coalition will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year one and year two, from the ages of four to seven, with a hot and healthy meal at lunchtime.

Mr Clegg said the scheme would “give every child the chance in life they deserve.”

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