Universal Free School Meals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3879
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can you confirm that you support the provision of universal free school meals for all primary school children?

Answer

Answer for Universal Free School Meals

Answer for Universal Free School Meals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have said in the past, I agree with the idea of school meals as an effective way to ensure London's children enjoy a healthy and nutritious hot lunch every day. However, I do not support a universal scheme as I believe that those who can afford to pay for school meals should do so.

Through my Food Team I am currently supporting the implementation of the School Food Plan. Through the London Flagships for the School Food Plan boroughs will be encouraged to look at creative ways of increasing the uptake of healthy school meals.