Free school lunches an enormously bad use of public money

City AM quotes Mark Littlewood

Nick Clegg will today confirm that all pupils will receive free schools meals for their first three years of education – in a coalition deal that paves the way for Conservatives to introduce a tax break for married couples.

From next September all children in reception, year one and year two will automatically get their lunches paid for by the state, in a move designed to improve concentration in the classroom.

Critics pointed out that the scheme, which has an annual £600m price tag, will see a subsidy worth £437 a year per child handed to well-off parents.

“The government already ensures that those in need have access to free school meals, so it beggars belief that we are now going to see a policy instated which will subsidise the children of affluent families,” said Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

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