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Angela Rayner - Free School Meals for all on Universal Credit?

Angela Rayner - Free School Meals for all on Universal Credit?

Free school meals should be provided to all pupils from households claiming universal credit, Labour has said, as a consultation on the future of the system enters its final weeks.

The shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams have issued a joint statement demanding that plans to introduce a new earnings threshold for free school meals among universal credit claimants be scrapped.

The proposal would mean an additional 1.7 million pupils becoming eligible for free meals by 2022, and comes despite concerns that changes in eligibility will “poison” national data on the poorest pupils.

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