As one of your constituents, I am writing to ask you to represent my views. Please ask the Chancellor to invest in Free School Meals in his spring budget so all children in poverty can qualify?
Labour’s London Mayor has taken timely action to support families by announcing funding for Free School Meals in all primary schools across the capital. This is because he recognises the crucial importance of Free school Meals for a child’s learning, diet and wellbeing.
However, outside of London, hundreds of thousands of children living in poverty still don’t qualify for a Free School Meal. Without Government action, there is an unjust postcode lottery when it comes to Free School Meal access.
Families across the country are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and this is having an awful impact on children who are not getting the food they need to grow up healthy. Free School Meals is a targeted way to help children achieve and thrive. They help hard-working families save money, and support pupils to learn and concentrate at school. Investing in Free School Meals will provide economic benefits to our country.
I’m not alone in this supporting this; 80% of the public in England want the Government to extend Free School Meals. Teachers, health professionals, chefs, caterers, business leaders and young people themselves all support this call.
So, as my representative, I ask you to please make it your priority to write to the Chancellor and ask him on my behalf to take action on Free School Meals.