£420,000 will ensure access to free school meals for learners shielding or self-isolating

Monday September 21st, 2020

The Welsh Government will ensure all pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive provisions if they are shielding or have to self-isolate thanks to £420,000 of funding confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.Government Opportunities

Speaking on a video released today on her Twitter channel, the Minister confirmed at least £420,000 would be made available immediately to support local authorities deliver this ‘vital service’.

Ensuring the continuation of free school meal provision has been a key priority for the Welsh Government as it has responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the Minister announced she would close schools on Wednesday, March 18 she quickly confirmed that £7 million would be made available to local authorities to put in place measures to ensure that children eligible for free school meals would continue to benefit from this scheme.

Then on April 22 Wales became the first country in the UK to guarantee ongoing funding for children to continue to benefit from free school meal provision up to and including the end of the summer holidays

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