Back to School for a healthy, free lunch

September 2, 2014 9:44 AM

As children return to school for the Autumn Term this week, 4 - 7 year olds will, for the first time ever, receive a free, hot and healthy lunch. Cheadle Catholic Infant School School Meals

As announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last year, this September every child in infant school in England will receive a free school lunch throughout term-time. In Stockport alone over 10,000 children will benefit.

The new scheme will save families an estimated £400 a year per child while helping to raise school standards and cut the attainment gap.

An independent review produced for the Department for Education found that, in pilots 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.

Local MP, Mark Hunter, said:

'I wish all local students all the best as they embark upon another academic year this week, and I hope that all infant children in Cheadle constituency will enjoy their first free school lunch.

'This policy will help to close the attainment gap, encourage the social benefit of groups of friends eating together, and over the course of a year will save families over £400. It remains a priority for the Liberal Democrats to ease the financial burden on families and give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and a fairer society.'

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