24 SEP 2015

Free School Meals

The average school meal costs £437 per child, per year. So when the Lib Dems' Nick Clegg introduced this in the last Government it was at a cost of £1Bn.

Now we have long provided free school meals to children who are the worst off. It is right we do. Yet when it comes to children who are from richer families, is this the best use of educational resources?

As it happens, there is no policy to cut universal free school meals. However this campaign by 38 degrees has drawn attention to the issue. It raises an important question about resources. Should we, as 38 degrees say, fund free school meals for wealthy families. Or would the cash be better spent on more classroom books, better resources like more and newer computers? Or even more teachers?

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