‘There can be such a thing as a free lunch’ - Willott MP & Parrott AM

November 4, 2013 2:35 PM


To mark National School Meals Week, Jenny Willott MP and Eluned Parrott AM are calling on the Welsh Labour Government to introduce free school meals for all infant pupils.

The 20th Annual National School Meals Week takes place from 4 to 8 November and is the biggest healthy eating awareness week aimed at children in England and Wales. The event is organised by LACA, the lead association for catering in education, which work with schools to promote healthy school meals in primary and secondary schools.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats welcome the LACA initiative to get as many pupils in England and Wales to try school food rather than bring a lunch box from home.

In September, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that from next year, every child in infant school in England will receive a free school lunch. Money is to be made available for the Welsh Labour Government to also introduce the policy, yet the First Minister is refusing to do so.

Jenny Willott MP said:

"Every primary school pupil should be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day. It will help with their studies and also ensure they are receiving a healthy diet.

"Millions of parents across the country are feeling the squeeze. During the course of a year, the average family spends over £400 on lunch for each child. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are determined to ease the financial burden for these families and give every child the chance in life that they deserve."

Eluned Parrott AM said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have recently launched a petition calling on the Welsh Labour Government to introduce a free hot lunch scheme for all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. I urge people to visit our website and sign the online petition to let the Welsh Labour Government know the strength of feeling on this issue."

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