Council delivered free school meals extended to April and May holidays

Thursday, 09 March 2023

The WLGA has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that Free School Meal provision will continue to be available to children from lower income families for the Easter and Whitsun school holidays.

£9m has been invested to help councils offer nutritious meals to eligible pupils up until the end of May half term holiday, including all bank holidays during this period.


Councillor Ian Roberts (Flintshire), WLGA Education Spokesperson said:

“So many families hit hard by the current cost of living will be benefited by the extension of free school meals.

“I am so proud of the work our councils have done, and will continue to do, to ensure those eligible get this vital support.

“This is another example of how communities benefit from close co-operation between local and Welsh governments.”


Councillor Darren Price (Carmarthenshire), WLGA Deputy Leader for Education said:

“Today’s announcement offers help to a legion of families who are struggling to make ends meet right now.

“We all know of the vital importance of food and nutrition to our children and young people’s development.

“As a result of the innovative Co-operation Agreement between Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, councils right across Wales will be able to extend this essential support to eligible pupils and families.”


The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

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