Give us your view
The Children's Society has launched a survey to to build the case for extending entitlement to free school meals. We need to hear from you!
Can you tell us whether you've witnessed children coming to your school hungry and without access to free school meals? Who do you think should receive free school meals? You can tell us by completing this short survey launched by The Children's Society. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and you will not be asked your name or the name of your school.
Please complete the survey here.
Why this is important
Following a consultation period, the Department for Education has published its plans to bring in new rules on eligibility for free school meals (FSM) under Universal Credit (UC). Currently all families receiving UC are eligible for FSM but from April 2018, any new claimants earning above £7,400 per annum will not be eligible.
Whilst the DfE has put in place sensible safeguards to ensure that no child currently eligible loses their FSM, we feel that an opportunity has been missed to get a hot healthy meal to the children that need it most. The Children's Society has calculated that by making school meals free to all families on UC, an additional one million children living in poverty would benefit.
That's why we're supporting The Children's Society's campaign to urge government to debate the issue before it becomes law in April. You can read more about campaign and find out how else you can help here.
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