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Free School Meals

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authority areas in each region have been selected for comprehensive free school meals pilot schemes. (309684)

As part of the pre-Budget report, the Chancellor has announced an extension to the universal free school meal pilots for primary children so that there is a pilot in each English region. No decisions have been taken yet as to which local authority areas will be selected. He also announced a phased roll out of free school meals to primary children from low income families, who are in receipt of work-related benefits, starting with 50 per cent. of eligible children in September 2010, and with full roll out in 2011.

Three free school meal pilots started last term. Durham and Newham are piloting universal free school meals for all primary pupils. Wolverhampton is piloting extended eligibility to primary and secondary pupils whose parents are on working tax credit and have an income up to £16,040.