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Parents in Bexley to save huge sum thanks to free school meals

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2014

Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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A new initiative introduced by the Government will help parents in Bexley save around £3.2m on school lunches.

From the start of the new primary school year, the estimated 8,000 children in the area aged between four and seven will be eligible for free school lunches, with many parents who have previously spent up to £400 a year on school lunches reaping the financial savings.

While free school meals are means tested for all children from Year 3 onwards, they are now available to all children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be spearheading the new initiative.

He said: “Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.”

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