Call for free school meals for Ceredigion infants
10:01am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
CALLS are being made for local pupils to benefit from free school lunches.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced that every child in infant school in England will be entitled to a free school lunch from September 2014.
As a result, Wales will receive millions of pounds of extra funding.
Ceredigion MP Mark Williams is calling on the Welsh Labour Government to use this money to introduce a similar policy for infants in Wales.
The policy followed a report commissioned by the UK Government that recommended free school meals for all primary school pupils in order to raise attainment and ensure that every child gets a hot, healthy meal at least once a day.
Mark Williams said: “The Welsh Liberal Democrats are determined to see universal free school meals for infants and we have launched a petition calling on the Welsh Government to ensure this becomes a reality in Wales.
“A hot, healthy school lunch will save families around £400 a year. It will bring positive improvements in health and social cohesion, while helping to raise school standards and cut the attainment gap. Pilots have shown that where all children had a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere.
“Introducing free school meals for all infants would mean that all infant pupils can receive a healthy hot meal at lunchtime, not just the few. It would help ensure that our children have a healthy and balanced diet, which will improve their concentration and attainment, and we urge the Welsh Government to introduce a similar scheme in Wales.”