A suggestion to make 1.1 million extra children eligible for free school meals has been ignored by the government.
Henry Dimbleby, the lead adviser on the government’s national food strategy, recommended free school meals be extended to all children under 16 living in households earning less than £20,000.
But the plan, due to be presented to parliament by Environment Secretary George Eustice today, has not taken up the recommendation.
In response, Dimbleby – who co-founded the Leon fast food restaurant chain – said the strategy was “not a strategy”.
He added that the government’s current spending on free school meals was failing to keep pace with inflation, and told Sky News: “I hope this is under urgent review because this number needs to go up.”
Polling cited alongside the recommendations found 51 per cent of people believed free school meals should be available for all children.