12 January 2009
12 January 2009
Green councillors in Lewisham have tabled a motion for the next full Council meeting on 21 January, calling on the Government to fund free school meals for all children.
Cllr - Leader of the Green Group, who will be proposing the motion, said,
"As more and more families face financial difficulties universal free school meals would remove the social stigma attached to free school meals and would ensure every child has a healthy nutritious lunch. I welcome the fact that one school in New Cross has already gone down this route but it should be happening everywhere."
The full text of the motion to be debated next Wednesday is as follows
Motion on free school meals
a.. believes that giving every child a at lunchtime is an effective way of improving concentration in class, raising attainment and making for healthier, happier children;
a.. believes giving free school meals only to children from low-income families gives the service a stigma which deters those who need it most from taking it up, diverting them to less healthy alternatives;
a.. congratulates Temple Grove Hatcham primary school on its decision to reject means testing and provide every pupil with a free school meal;
a.. supports the Action Group's call for universal free school meals;
a.. and calls on the Mayor to write to the Secretary of State to request funding for a universal free school meals pilot scheme similar to that in Hull, and if the trials prove successful the national roll-out of free school meals for all.
PROPOSED CLLR JOHNSON
SECONDED CLLR PHOENIX