Free school meals

Government changes to Universal Credit rules will see a new £7,400 earnings threshold for free school meals eligibility which means that up to one million children will lose out.

The changes will impact on families and their children, particularly those already struggling to get by.

Currently, children from households claiming Universal Credit are eligible for free meals under special, temporary transitional arrangements. However, the government has changed thru les despite Labour objections in Parliament so that only families with net earnings of up to £7,400 will be entitled.

That means that around one million children, who would have become eligible, will lose that entitlement from April.

The Children’s Society and many other organisations have raised concerns about the changes and I will continue to press the government to face up to its responsibilities for increasing levels of child poverty.