Yesterday, Parliament voted on measures to introduce new eligibility criteria for free school meals and the early years pupil premium, which will mean around 50,000 more children will benefit from a free school meal by 2022.
These are the key facts:
•We temporarily made Universal Credit a qualifying benefit for free school meals, regardless of income. This was always an interim measure.
•These measures mean that once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, 50,000 more children will be eligible for free school meals than under the old system. Support will be targeted where it is needed most.
•Our transitional protections will mean that nobody currently receiving free school meals will lose their entitlement when moving onto Universal Credit.
Labour have been caught out making misleading claims on free school meals by an independent fact-checker. As the rigorous fact-check of Labour’s claim stated, Labour missed a fundamental point, which I will reiterate again:
‘No one who is currently eligible for free school meals under Universal Credit will lose their entitlement’.
If you are worried about the misleading claims in the press, I encourage you to check the facts for yourself. The link to do so is below:
I hope that this will make things clear for you, though if you still have concerns on the matter then please get in touch.