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Lib Dems to extend free primary school meals

April 29, 2015 11:29 AM
By Alan Bullion

Free School Meals

All primary school children will be entitled to free school meals, under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans announced today.

It will more than double the offer of free schools meals to all infant school pupils the Liberal Democrats delivered in Government.

Extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children and save parents around £400 per child a year.

Pilot studies have shown introducing free school meals improves results and leads to children eating more healthy food.

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

"Liberal Democrats want every child to have the best possible start in life.

"That's why I want every child to have a hot, healthy school lunch.

"We know that giving children a healthy lunch helps them to concentrate in the afternoon and do better in class.

"It will also save parents £400 for every child they have in primary school."