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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of children entitled to free schools meals that live in an area where more than 45 per cent. of children are living in families in receipt of benefits; and if he will make a statement. (187140)

Free school meals provide additional help to children in non-working families (where the adults either do not work, or work for less than 16 hours per week). These families are reliant on ‘welfare support payments’ and are not able to claim the additional working tax credit’ that is available to low income working families (adults working 16+ hours per week).

The requested information is set out in the following table:

Number and proportion of pupils1 eligible for free school meals living in deprived2 areas

Number of pupils not eligible for FSM

Number of pupils eligible for FSM

Total pupils

Percentage of pupils eligible for FSM

Areas where less than 45 per cent. of children are income deprived

4,850,109

659,516

5,509,625

12.0

Areas where more than 45 per cent. of children are income deprived

476,698

351,296

827,994

42.4

All children

5,326,807

1,010,812

6,337,619

15.9

1 Pupils aged 5 to 15 years.

2 Based on the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index 2004.

Source:

School Census 2007