Government to spend £600m on free school meal plan

The Government's plan to give every child at infant school in England a free meal will cost approximately £600 million

Disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges will also be eligible for free school meals from September 2014.

Full details on the scheme's funding will be announced in the Autumn Statement 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced.

Read: Clegg: 'First step on way to free school meals for all'

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Critics attack free meals cost

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.