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More than 9,000 to get free school meals after deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announcement
More than 9,000 infant school pupils in the borough will receive free school meals as part of a new government scheme.
Last week the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that every child in infant school in England will receive free school meals.
The policy, which begins in September 2014, will cover 9,426 pupils in Haringey and will save families more than £400 a year per child, according the Government.
MP for Hornsey and Wood Green Lynne Featherstone said the move will remove the stigma and ensure all children get a nutritious meal.
She said: “Free meals did already exist for children from poorer backgrounds – but research showed that many were not claimed because parents were not aware of the option, or unwilling to admit they qualified.
“Making all infant school children eligible will remove this stigma – for parents and children.
“In addition, it will ensure that all children are receiving a nutritious, healthy and filling lunch, which is proven to have a positive impact on performance at school.”
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