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Free school meals cash goes to waste?

Free school meals cash goes to waste?

Citizens UK researched the loophole about kids effectively losing money by not using their earmarked budget after becoming aware of cases in Tyne and Wear.

It believes eligible kids in primary and secondary schools across the country are losing out on an estimated £70million worth of food.

Nearly 800,000 pupils in England can receive free school meals, each given an average allowance of £2.30 a day - about £440 a year.

But figures from the Children’s Society show one in five youngsters do not take up the benefit for a variety of reasons.

If the cash goes unused, it is lost.

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