Planned changes by the government will change the eligibility for free school meals when Universal Credit is rolled out across the country by creating a net income threshold for FSM eligibility of £7,400 for families in receipt of UC.
This policy will leave over a million children in poverty across the country without access to a free school meal. Analysis, based on figures produced by the Children’s Society and the End Child Poverty coalition, shows that in Trafford there will be 4369 children in poverty who could miss out on a free school meal.
These ill-thought plans would also create a cliff-edge, where working parents who move just above the income threshold would be hundreds of pounds worse off, as their child would lose access to a free school meal, meaning the family would need to cover the cost and work wouldn’t pay.
It’s disgraceful that the Conservatives have decided to press ahead with a plan to leave almost four and a half thousand children in Trafford without a free school meal. I can’t stand by and watch those children lose out. That’s why I will be in the house of commons this evening to support Labour’s motion demanding all children in families receiving Universal Credit must be eligible for free school meals.