Free school meals for primary school pupils to start in September

Thanks to Plaid Cymru, free school meals for primary school pupils in Wales will begin in September.

Sioned Williams, Plaid Cymru spokesperson for Social Justice and Equalities said:
"This is a huge step forward in our efforts to tackle poverty in Wales, one that will make a real difference to so many children.
Universal Free School Meals for primary school children was a key election pledge for Plaid Cymru in the 2021 Senedd elections and one that we held as a priority in helping to develop the Co-operation Agreement."
"While I understand that most schools in Wales will begin delivery this September, given the impact of the cost of living crisis on families, we must ensure local authorities that are not yet on track are supported to re-double their efforts between now and the start of school in September, and in the months that follow as the policy is introduced for older children, so free meals are delivered as soon as possible to as many of our children as possible."
This policy could be the difference between a child going hungry or not – that is how important it is. Our heartfelt thanks go to those working within local authorities across Wales - catering staff, those making deliveries and coordinating the roll-out - in recognising how important it is that we get this right for our children."

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