Today, Thursday 9th June 2022, the Department for Education has released the latest data on the number of children eligible for free school meals.

Commenting on the data, Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute (EPI), said: 

“Despite the significant increases to the cost of living and the clear evidence showing the link between poverty and educational attainment, the government has done little to address the root causes of poverty. We have been clear that a concerted, cross-government, child poverty strategy is needed if the government is serious about reducing inequalities and “levelling up”. It is now urgent that the government tackles this.”