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Free school meals being extended to all Year Four pupils

Year Four pupils in all of Swansea's schools will be offered free school meals when children return from their half-term holidays next month.

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It means from February 19 more than 10,400 pupils in Swansea will then be eligible as free meals were already on offer to all Reception, Year One, Year Two  and Year Three pupils.

The Welsh Government made a commitment for every primary school pupil to receive a free school meal by 2024 and Swansea Council is on track to achieve this.

More than £4m has been invested in improving the city's school kitchens and updating equipment so that the target can be met.

Council Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Robert Smith, said: "The cost of living crisis means the Welsh Government's Free School Meal pledge is more important than ever and I'm grateful to ministers for the funding that is being provided to enable us to deliver this.

"I'm sure many families with pupils in Year Four will welcome the extension of the offer when school resumes after the half-term break and we are working to ensure that we meet the Welsh Government target so that later this year all primary school pupils will be able to enjoy a free school meal.

"We will be updating parents and carers as soon as we are in a position to include Year Five and Year Six once the necessary infrastructure is in place."

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Last modified on 25 January 2024