Free school meals and Universal Credit in Wales: Briefing for AMs

A short briefing for Assembly Members about the Welsh Government’s proposed changes to free school meals under Universal Credit. We are extremely concerned that 55,000 children living in poverty in Wales will continue to miss out on a free school meal as a result of the Welsh Government's proposal. Had Universal Credit continued to roll out under existing rules in Wales then most of these children would have received the benefits of a free school meal once rollout is complete. The proposal also creates a serious 'cliff edge' poverty trap that completely undermines Universal Credit's core objective of ensuring 'work always pays'. This could trap families in a situation where working more hours would make them worse off overall once the value of losing free school meals is taken into account.

Month of publication 
September
Year of publication 
2018
Number of pages 
4
Author 
Tom Davies, Iain Porter
Category 
Parliamentary briefings
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