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Disadvantaged children lose out on 24m free school meals, says Labour

Government scheme criticised for leaving families without support for two weeks of the summer holiday

The government’s free school meals policy has come under fire from Labour, which has accused ministers of failing to provide up to 24m meals over the summer holidays, warning that feeding hungry children “cannot be a part-time activity”.

According to Labour, the government’s holiday activities and food programme, which was expanded last year amid mounting public concern about holiday hunger, provides free meals for only 16 of a total of 30 weekdays during the six-week summer break, leaving children without food support for 14 days.

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