The Child Poverty Action Group has released figures which show that, before the coronavirus pandemic, 1.3million school-age children who lived below the UK’s poverty line were not entitled to free school meals. Analysis found that: 1.2m children in England below the poverty line are ineligible for free school meals; 45,000 in Scotland, 70,000 in Wales and 20,000 in Northern Ireland. These children are in families in low paid work but do not qualify because of eligibility criteria. CPAG estimates that another 100,000 school children across the UK (who are not covered by universal infant free school meals) are in families with no recourse to public funds because of their immigration status.
Source: Child Poverty Action Group
Date: 03 December 2020