Decision details

Universal Free Lunch offer for primary pupils in Westminster

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Due to the Cost of Living Crisis, a decision is required set out the councils approach to Free School Meals for pupils in Westminster.





Due to the Cost-of-Living Crisis, it is recommended that Cabinet approves (subject to approval of the Fairer Westminster investment proposal) a total of £2,781,784, for January 2023 to July 2024 to enable schools to develop a universal meal offer to primary pupils. This will be funded from earmarked reserves.


The provision of a universal meal offer for all primary pupils will be reviewed in 2024 and any continuation of the provision from September 2024 will be embedded in the Children’s Services base budget as part of the medium-term financial planning process.


Report author: Annabel Saunders

Publication date: 13/12/2022

Date of decision: 12/12/2022

Decided at meeting: 12/12/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 20/12/2022

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