16 Jun 2020

Following the announcement from the Government that free school meals will now be provided to children during the summer holidays, please find below a statement from The Children’s Society.

Mark Russell, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society said:

“We are delighted that the government has decided to do the right thing by extending the Free School Meals provision over the coming summer holidays. This much needed step will prevent the 1.3million children who are eligible for free school meals from going hungry during what is likely to be a very difficult summer for many families and young people.

"The government should now prioritise improving the issues around accessing the voucher scheme – including providing more support for newly eligible parents to register – so families are not still left facing crisis.

"In the longer term, temporary extensions to eligibility for Free School Meals, such as for those with No Recourse to Public Funds, should be made permanent, and provision should be extended to more low income working families who unfairly miss out. This will provide a vital lifeline to all children.”

 

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For more information please call Charlie Neal on the media team on 0207 841 4422 or email media@childrenssociety.org.uk