Plans have been released to charge parents currently receiving free school meals. Under proposals released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), parents will be required to pay £1.27 per day for each day that their child is at school and receiving a free school meal.
Shadow Secretary of state for Schools; Stephen Twigg commented “this is another example of the government being out of touch, Here we see the Tory led coalition imposing a school dinner tax on some of the most vulnerable children in society, the Labour party will oppose this”.
A DWP spokesman refuted Labours claim saying “Changes to the Free School Meal rules are not a School Dinner tax but an exercise in fairness, hard working parents do not have the luxury of having the school feed their children. In a modern fair society, this is simply unaffordable. Every summer parents feed their children whilst the schools are closed, they clearly can afford to feed their children in these weeks so why should hard working families and the state subsidise them.”