All primary school children will be entitled to free school meals, under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans announced today. It will more than double the offer of free schools meals to all infant school pupils the Liberal Democrats delivered in Government.
Mark Hunter and Education Minister David Laws on a visit to Great Moor Junior School for the announcement of investment for new lunch facilities
Extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children, including over 24,000 pupils in Stockport. Pilot studies have shown introducing free school meals improves results and leads to children eating more healthy food.
Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle constituency, commented on the news saying:
“Liberal Democrats want every child to have the best possible start in life. That’s why we introduced universal free school meals for infant children and why we now want to extend that to every primary school child.
“Not only will ensuring that each pupil has a hot, health school lunch help them to concentrate in the afternoon and do better in class; it will also save parents around £400 a year per child.
“I am determined that every child in Cheadle constituency receives a great education which they can make the most of – the extension of free schools meals will greatly contribute to that goal.”