William Eichler 19 December 2017

Million children to lose free school meals under Universal Credit

Million children to lose free school meals under Universal Credit  image

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under Universal Credit (UC) proposals, a children’s charity has warned.

Under current proposals, people in receipt of UC benefits will be means tested for free school meals once the roll out of the new system is complete.

The Children’s Society warns this will lead to about one million children being left without a free school meal and will create a ‘cliff-edge’ where many families would be better off taking a pay cut.

Once a family with one child passes the £7,400 threshold they would need to earn £1,124 a year more to make up for the loss in free school meals, the charity calculated.

‘There are significant, proven benefits for children’s health, education and their futures in making sure they have a healthy lunch every day, but at least one million children will miss out if this change is introduced,’ said Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society.

‘Continuing to provide free school meals for all children on universal credit would not only help vulnerable children, it would also prevent low income parents being left worse off if they take on more hours or get a pay rise.

‘Universal credit was designed to always make work pay, but these plans will undermine that very principle.’

According to the charity’s findings, 212,000 children in London are projected to miss out on free school meals. In the West Midlands it’s 130,000 children. In the North West, 130,000 children.

The consultation on free school meals entitlement under Universal Credit closes on 11 January 2018.

Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Transportation Engineer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
Applicants should hold an appropriate qualification, preferably to degree level, and have knowledge of transportation issues. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Residential Assistant - Bridgemarsh

Essex County Council
£17675 - £20200 per annum
This is a permanent part time role for 22.5 hours a week. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the U England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Team Manager - Assessment & Intervention - 3 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£42,683 - £44,632
Looking for exceptional Team Managers with a proven track record in managing both practitioners and case related performance. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Residential Worker - Bridgemarsh

Essex County Council
£20200 - £26275 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine