Millions of infants are to get free school meals under a £600 million plan announced by Nick Clegg today.
The landmark move will see the youngest primary school kids in England get a guaranteed hot lunch from September next year.
Mr Clegg, whose youngest child is five, said it will help 1.5million children aged five to seven, saving their parents an average of £400 a year per child.
Speaking ahead of his big conference speech tomorrow, he said: “Millions of parents across the country are feeling the squeeze.
"Over the course of a year families spend over £400 lunch money for each child. I am determined to do all we can to help put money back in the pockets of these families.
“From next September we’ll give every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 a healthy lunch every day.”
The Institute of Economic Affairs, said it was an “enormously bad use of public money”.
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