Universal Credit will lose free school meal


350,000 children ‘will lose free school meals in welfare reform’ – charity

Children’s Society says coalition’s universal credit, as currently envisaged, seems a step backward

school meals

Free school lunches are the main meal of the day for many children, says the Children’s Society.
Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

More than 350,000 children will lose their free school meals under the government’s radical plans to reform welfare entitlement next year, an analysis by the Children’s Society has warned.

In a report entitled Fair and Square, the charity says the proposed universal credit system, which comes into force in October 2013, will stop paying for certain benefits if a household earns more than £7,500.

At present the welfare system compensates poor families with cash from the tax credit system.

The result is that 120,000 poorer families are likely lose free school meals, worth £367 a year, unless they dropped their earnings below the threshold of £7,500. This would mean parents having to cut the numbers of hours worked or take a pay cut to keep their benefits.

Source: The Guardian

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