Free school meals for primary schools in Wales

The Welsh Government has confirmed that free school meals will be provided to children in reception and will be provided to all children in primary schools by 2024.

£200 million has been allocated to provide the free meals for the next 3 years with an additional £25 million spent improving kitchen facilities within the schools.

The Welsh government said:  “Given the pressure so many families are under with the increases in cost of living we are absolutely committed to taking these practical measures to support children and young people. Younger children are more likely to be living in relative income poverty so we are starting with a decent free school meal for children in reception from September with most children in year one and two also getting free school meals by next April”

The Welsh conservatives have criticised this on the basis that it will be universally available and not targeted towards those in need.

Free school meals for Wales


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