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Call for universal free schools in East Lancashire
3:25pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS, led by president of the GMB union Mary Turner, are calling for universal free school meals to be included in all local authority manifestos for the next year.
A pilot in London saw staff report better behaviour, concentration levels and attainment in pupils after concerns children were going hungry or eating unhealthily.
The cost of universal free school meals for all primary children in England at about £1bn, would represent one per cent of the DfE's current budget, plus 0.4 per cent of the Department of Health's budget, according to campaigners.
Supporters have also suggested this could be funded by a tax on sugary drinks.
The children's charities 4in10 and Child Poverty Action Group are also launching a campaign to provide a free school meal for every child in London.
But while Michael Gove said he supported the idea, he made it clear there was no money to fund it.
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