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Free school meals help Islington families save hundreds of pounds

  • Date: 21 August 2012
  • Author: Caroline Horrocks

Islington parents are being reminded to register their children for free primary school meals for the new academic year by 10 September.

85 per cent of children at Islington nursery or primary schools are now registered for the council's pioneering free school meals for all scheme.

This means thousands of families are saving money on the weekly budget and children are being offered a healthy and nutritious meal at lunchtime.

Offering free school meals to all primary school children is a key part of Islington Council's work to make the borough fairer.

Islington Council's executive member for children and young people, Cllr Richard Watts, said:

"We want all children in Islington to get the best start in life.  Before we introduced free school meals for all, the majority of children who missed out on a decent lunch came from families who were just above the qualifying income level, but were still struggling financially. 

"Our free school meals policy means no child should be held back from achieving their potential because they are hungry at school."

Free school meals for all primary and nursery pupils was introduced by Islington Council in 2010.  The scheme saves a family with an annual income of £17,000 with two children around £700 a year.

Recent research has found that offering free school meals to all improves children's learning and productivity and helps to reduce the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.

More information about how to register for free school meals in Islington is available by calling the free school meals team on 020 7527 5483 or by visiting