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Free meals welcomed by Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins
10:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in Local news
Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has welcomed the Government’s announce-ment that all pupils at infant schools in England will receive free school lunches from next September.
Mr Hopkins said: “This is excellent news for parents with children aged five, six or seven and it will save them around £400 per child over the course of the school year.
“It is also good news for the children themselves who will now be guaranteed a nutritious meal every day during term time.
“A recent Government-funded study found that packed lunches were, in the main, much less healthy than a cooked meal.
“It also concluded that a hot lunch was likely to raise educational attainment in the classroom.
“This is a bold move from the Government and it is an initiative I warmly welcome.
“Children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are at a crucial stage in life, and this can only bring benefit to them.”