More than a million children could be eating unhealthily at lunchtime because their schools are exempt from tough food standards, council leaders have warned.
Free schools and academies that opt out of national regulations are "ducking their moral duty" to make sure school children receive healthy meals, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The LGA issued a fresh call to the Government to introduce a single standard that applies to all schools to ensure every pupil has access to a healthy lunch.
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