The UK government resisted every call that specified the expansion of free school meals for students. However, Sadiq Khan’s mindset remained alien to the government’s meagre approach. While the UK government attributed this close-handed decision to the inflated cost of living crisis, Sadiq Khan stayed firm in his decision. He called for students to get free meals in schools and blinded off the nation’s grapples with the cost crisis.
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London’s mayor claimed that every child aged years 3,4,5, and 6 in the nation deserved the food safety net irrespective of their family income. In the same vein, infants from all families get free meals in schools. However, only those students from disadvantaged families are eligible for a free meal in their older years.
Despite the mayor’s active call for this big-hearted approach, the government of the United Kingdom has remained silent.
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The education unions and secretaries have said they wish to see every family on the universal credit qualify for a free meal instead of only those earning Euro 7,400 every year for active execution of the scheme.
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Moreover, the scheme has asked families to join the call for free meals at schools for students that would run during the summer holidays, asking families not to worry about feeding their children while schools remain closed. And Mr Khan never minded going a step ahead by enabling the scheme for primary school students. His efforts bore fruits, with the proportion of students that qualified for free meals increasing over the last twelve months, from 21 per cent in 2021 to 22.5 per cent in 2022.
In one of his interviews, Sadiq Khan expressed how he has been a part of a family that relied upon free school meals and that he feels the pain of every child in London that has shaken hands with hunger. He later remarked that every child in London deserves the food safety net and will get it at any cost.
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