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Corbyn: Free school meal promise

Corbyn: Free school meal promise

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he wants to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils in England. Mr Corbyn is proposing to cover the cost by introducing VAT on private school fees. Labour says this would improve the health of many young children at the expense of "ending a subsidy to the privileged few".

Lorraine Dearden, co-author of a 2012 report into free school meals, says while a correlation between school meals and attendance can be made, she concluded the report "definitely needed more work" and "this would be very expensive to roll out nationally".

Mike Buchanan, the chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, told Nick Labour's plan is based on "dodgy myths" and will be "counterproductive".

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner says there is evidence free school meals raises attainment and improves children's health.

(Image: School dinner, credit: Getty Images)

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