Free school meals scheme extended to every primary school pupil in London
THE Mayor of London unveiled an emergency scheme today to extend free school meals to every primary school pupil in the capital for one year.
Sadiq Khan said the one-off £130m programme, which comes into effect from September, is an effort to help struggling households amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Funded by extra business rates income, it is estimated the move will help about 270,000 primary school pupils and save families in London about £440 per child over the year.
Currently, households in England receiving universal credit must earn less than £7,400 a year before benefits and after tax to qualify for free school meals.