Today’s news review looks at our consultation on free school meals under Universal Credit.
On Thursday, 16 November, we launched a consultation asking for views on how the government can continue to support children most in need.
The consultation will review eligibility for children currently receiving additional support from the government during their education, such as free school meals, in light of the national rollout of Universal Credit.
The proposals should protect all children currently receiving this support, while targeting these entitlements to ensure they reach those most in need in the future, seeing more children benefit as a result.
Overall, around 50,000 more children should be eligible for free school meals once Universal Credit is rolled out.
The introduction of Universal Credit lies at the heart of the government’s commitment to help people improve their lives and raise their incomes. This consultation will make sure this support continues to be targeted where it is needed most.
Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:
We want every child to reach their potential, regardless of their background. As Universal Credit is rolled out, it is right that we continue to make sure this support reaches children from the most disadvantaged families.
Our proposals should not only protect those children already receiving free school meals and additional school funding but will see thousands more benefitting from this support in future.
This is an important issue and we need to get this right to make sure we continue to help those children most in need. That’s why it is vital that we hear from teachers, early years professionals, and families throughout this consultation.
Read more about the consultation on gov.uk here.