Thousands of Sheffield children to qualify for free school meals

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More than 14,000 children in Sheffield aged between four and seven are to become eligible for free school lunches from September.

The Government claims its new initiative could help city parents to save a combined £5.8 million on school lunches every year.

While free school meals are means-tested for all children from Year 3 onwards, they are now available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who is spearheading the new initiative, said: “Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.”