Free school meals are under threat.
Free school meals are under threat.

Changes to free school meal eligibility could hit 7,400 children across Sheffield, after the Government voted to change the system this week.

Under the current system, all children receiving UC are eligible to receive a hot school meal every day, but the Government wants to create an income threshold which would leave parents in poverty footing the bill.

For many children a free school meal is the difference between a hot meal during the day and going without. It’s completely wrong for the Government to be considering taking that away from 7,400 children in Sheffield and a million nationwide.

Far from the Government’s implementation of Universal Credit making work pay, this is a change that would leave thousands of families hundreds of pounds a year worse off. That’s why I joined my Labour colleagues in voting against these unfair changes.

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