Meeting the challenge of Free School Meals for more children

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EventsResourcesVideosWebinarEvent Date: Jun 10th, 2021  Time: 11:00 - 12:00  Location: Online

The pandemic has raised the profile of Free School Meals (FSM) as a political issue as never before

There is broad cross-party consensus that the current system needs reform.

What is it about?

The arguments in favour of reform are long established. Too many children who are trapped in poverty are denied access to FSM due to arbitrary eligibility criteria. This means that children miss out on the health and educational benefits of a healthy meal, whilst already struggling families are placed under significant financial pressure.

With the Welsh Labour manifesto containing a pledge to review the current FSM system, attention has turned to some of the practical barriers to expanding eligibility. Join the Bevan Foundation and our guests for a discussion about these barriers, and to explore practical solutions.

Agenda

11:00 Welcome and introduction
11:05 Martin Davies and Carol Mooney, Welsh Government
Overview of the latest information from Welsh Government
11:10 Fabiana Macor, Policy in Practice
Sharing findings of Policy in Practice’s Extending the provision of Free School Meals in Wales report
11:15 Steffan Evans, Bevan Foundation
Sharing findings of the Bevan Foundation’s Expanding the provision of Free School Meals in Wales: Practical considerations report
11:20 Jayne Jones, Argyle and Bute Local Authority
Learning from Scotland. The Scottish experience of expanding eligibility
11:30 Question and Answer + discussion
12:00 Close

How do I take part?

The event is free to attend but numbers are limited. If you would therefore wish to attend then please contact Steffan Evans at [email protected]org

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