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Labour’s policy is to extend Free School Meals to all pupils in primary schools. We now know that Theresa May wants to take them away from millions of children in infant schools. This affects children over the whole country, however, a survey commissioned by the London Food Board and carried out by IPSOS Mori found that 74,000 children in London alone regularly go to bed hungry. For many children, the food they get in school at lunchtime is their only nutritious meal of the day. As a long-time campaigner on school food, and co-founder of the Labour Campaign for Free School Meals for All, I genuinely like […]
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Since the coalition government came to power almost five years ago, child poverty has increased to 3.5 m. Nationally, around a third of children live in poverty, with levels as high as four in ten children in London. Most of these children (around 63%) live in working households. If the coalition policies continue, Barnado’s predict another 1 million children will be pushed in to poverty by 2020. According to new research published by Kellogg’s, four in ten teachers say they see children arriving hungry at school every day. The vast majority – almost 7 in 10 – of these teachers […]
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 Vote for Motion on Free School Meals Conference is concerned that a study by Ipsos Mori poll and the London Food Board on 11th August found that a third of children reported sometimes having trouble paying attention at school because of hunger. Conference notes the School Food Plan highlighting the benefits of Universal School Meals. Conference calls for a Labour manifesto commitment that healthy and nutritionally balanced Free School Meals for All will be introduced in to all state funded schools. Conference notes the British Heart Foundation report on childhood obesity published on 12 August. Obesity costs the NHS £5.1 billion […]
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Free School Meals for All is a policy that helps both children and families – it is the ultimate ‘One Nation’ policy.  A Labour campaign is being launched to persuade Labour councils and the Labour Party nationally to adopt the policy of Free School Meals for All. This will be led by the GMB trade union, Fiona Twycross AM and Cllr Richard Watts (Islington).  The policy has the backing of a range of charities including Save the Children, Child Poverty Action Group and the Children’s Food Campaign.  There are three key reasons why we believe Free School Meals for All […]
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