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MP welcomes free school meals for over 26,000 children in Leeds

September 2, 2014 1:08 PM

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has today, on the first day of the new school year, welcomed free school meals for 26,797 children in Leeds.

From today, all reception, year one and two primary school children across the country will receive free school meals which will provide a number of benefits including improving children's educations, making sure they eat more health food and save parents money.

Pupils in the pilot areas showed to be on average two months ahead of students where free meals were not offered. The pilots also showed that sitting down to eat lunch broadened their social skills. Parents will save on average £437 per child per year thanks to the scheme.

The Liberal Democrats in Government pushed for free school meals, leading the fight in cutting the cost of living and creating a fairer society for everyone.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland, said,

"I am delighted that nearly 27,000 children in the Leeds area, and 1.5 million pupils nationally, will today be given free school meals, including all reception, year one and year two primary school children.

"This is one of the most important changes in our education system for a generation and it has many benefits for both the children tucking into their free meals and their parents."