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Children most in need missing out on Free School Meals.

Children most in need missing out on Free School Meals.

Campaigners fear thousands of the UK’s poorest children are being denied free school meals after their families have been caught up in the immigration system, despite living in the UK for all or much of their lives.

As a parliamentary inquiry publishes a report into the food ‘insecurity’ faced by 4.1 million youngsters living in poverty, activists warn too many households are forgotten as they have no access to state benefits while waiting to hear about their status from the Home Office.

At the extreme, reports have suggested British children have suffered from illnesses linked to malnutrition because they are eating non-food items to stave off hunger, and critics suggest the problems have become worse since austerity and Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy was introduced.

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