Talking about the changes to Free School Meals guidance, David Evans, Wales secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru welcomes the Welsh Government’s revised guidance today, which suggests free school meals will be available to children for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, which we presume will cover the summer holidays too. This will be very welcome to many learners and their families.”

“We know that families of children and young people receiving free school meals will need flexibility in how to access the food they are entitled to, and we are pleased that there are a range of options for local authorities proposed, including cash payments to families.

“Our members will be heartened to see that the Welsh Government is thinking about those children most in need of support, and we hope the local authorities are able to help ensure these steps are put in place.”

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Note to editors:

Revised guidance for schools in Wales: supporting children eligible for free school meals