Tower Hamlets parents to save millions from free school dinners deal

By Rob Virtue on August 15, 2014 12:23 PM |

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Free school meals for four to seven year olds will save parents in Tower Hamlets up to £2.5million a year, according to figures released by the Department for Education.

September will see the launch of the Government initiative which will include all students in reception, year one and two classes.

The DfE said parents in the borough were previously paying up to £400 a year, when the meals were means tested.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg - who is spearheading the new initiative - said: "Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.

"Pupils at the pilot schools who were all given free meals were found to be up to two months ahead of their peers elsewhere."

The DfE said 6,118 pupils in the borough would now be given free school meals.

Meanwhile, in Newham 10,573 children will be included in the scheme and 7.923 in Greenwich.

Lunch for year three and upwards will still be means tested.

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