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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.

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Free meals 'could improve academic performance'

All infant school pupils in state funded schools in England will be eligible for a free school meal from September 2014. Credit: PA Wire

Free school meals for infant children could substantially improve academic performance, a recent report suggested.

The School Food Plan, conducted by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, found that, in pilots where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere.

Between three and five per cent more children reached target levels in maths and English at Key Stage 1.

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