Free School Meals For Children In England From This Week

The government has introduced plans for children below 7 years to be given free school meals in all state schools in England starting from this week.

Schools in England will be expected to provide hot meals for children from reception up till year six in a bold move which has been criticised by councils and local government.

Councillor Peter Fleming told the BBC that Councils are facing a £25m shortfall in funding and that it would be difficult for some schools to implement the new policy.

One of the biggest challenge for schools is that some have no existing kitchens and many will have to start from scratch, said the councillor.  He also stressed that a lot of schools will be diverting money from other important sectors to fund the scheme.

England is the first country in the UK to adopt this policy scheduled to begin as schools resume this autumn.

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