Free school meals for primary school children
Free school meals for primary school children

Labour-run Westminster Council will start providing free school lunches to all children attending primary school in the borough, saving families up to £550 per child, per year from January 2023.

With the Tory cost-of-living crisis devastating household budgets, the welcome news will fund school lunches for all children in Years 3-6 from January 2023 as families struggle with high food prices and soaring energy bills.

The £2.7m investment in our children’s future is the latest in a series of financial interventions by Westminster Council totalling more than £10m to help support struggling families and the most vulnerable residents.

Labour’s Tim Roca, Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure, said:

“These are Labour values in action, incredibly proud that Westminster Labour are helping families with free school meals for all children in our local primary schools from January.

“We know families are struggling with the cost of living and that children face going hungry at school
as a result. It’s vital that children are given a nutritious meal at school to help with their learning and
to improve their overall health.

“That’s why we are announcing free lunches for all Westminster children in Years 3 to 6, saving
parents up to £550 per child, per year.”

Labour Councillor and Leader of Westminster City Council, Adam Hug said:

“I’m so proud that our Westminster Labour administration is ensuring that every primary school child in Westminster will have free school meals from January. This will make a huge difference to families facing the cost-of-living crisis and help give our kids the best start in life.

“Westminster City Council is determined to help our most vulnerable residents as food prices and
energy bills soar. The free school lunch offer is in addition to a £10 million package of cost of living
support which will create new food banks and help residents pay their energy bills.”


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