Everyone’s children on Universal Credit in England could get free school meals

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Teachers’ unions have reportedly written to the Chancellor and the Education Secretary asking for free school meals to be provided to all children in families on Universal Credit in England.

In a letter seen by the BBC, unions and organizations claiming to represent a million school staff called for an “urgent” extension of the scheme amid the cost of living crisis.

He said vulnerable children who did not receive meals faced a “real barrier to learning”.

“We see the devastating reality of children coming to school who cannot afford to buy lunch because their family situation means they do not meet the restrictive criteria for eligibility for free school meals” , indicates the letter.

A government spokesperson told the broadcaster: ‘We recognize that millions of households across the UK are struggling to raise their incomes to cover the rising cost of living, which is why, in addition to over £22 billion previously announced, we are providing over £15 billion in additional aid, targeted particularly to those most in need.

“Holiday activities and the food program run during the major school holidays, and wider social assistance is available through the household support fund, which helps vulnerable families in need with essentials, such as food. and utility bills.

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