Universal free school meals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1641
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As a supporter of universal free school meals, what will you do to support those boroughs that wish to introduce this policy?

Answer

Answer for Universal free school meals

Answer for Universal free school meals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through my Food Team I am supporting the implementation of the School Food Plan, published by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove in July, including its recommendation that a rollout of universal free school meals for 4 to 7 year olds across the country would be desirable.

A number of London Boroughs have already committed to universal free school meals for this age range and I commend them for doing so. As a part of my support for implementing the School Food Plan, I will soon be supporting two London flagship boroughs to look for innovative ways of increasing the uptake of school meals including the potential to offer this age range universal free school meals. Lessons learnt from the flagships will be shared with all London boroughs in the hope that it can inspire others. My Food Team is also working with the School Food Plan office to disseminate best practice guidance on the introduction of Universal Free School Meals from Infants to year 2.