Nick Clegg, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has pledged free school meals for 7 to 11 year olds. The plan is expected to cost around £610 million a year and would be introduced from 2017 to 2018. Clegg said:
“Liberal Democrats want every child to have the best possible start in life. That’s why I want every child to have a hot, healthy school lunch. We know that giving children a healthy lunch helps them to concentrate in the afternoon and do better in class”.