The number of children eligible for free school meals in England has risen since the start of the pandemic.
As the summer holidays approach, what support will be available to them?
How many children get free school meals?
More than one in five pupils (1.7 million) in England were eligible in January 2021.
The number rose by more than 400,000 in the previous 10 months, from the start of the first lockdown in March 2020.
Although numbers have increased in previous years, the 2020 rise was steeper than before.
Children are eligible if their household income is less than £7,400 (excluding benefits) or if they receive certain welfare payments.
Most children on free school meals are at state-funded primary schools. The rate is highest in north-east England.
What will happen during the summer holidays?
Unlike last summer, the government is not directly funding vouchers or food packages this year.
Labour called on ministers to “trust parents” by giving them cash…
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