Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter

The free school voucher scheme will be extended in England over the two-week Easter holiday.

When it was first announced, ministers said qualifying families could claim shopping vouchers of £15 a week per child, but only in term time.

Michael Gove confirmed that the vouchers would continue to be paid over the Easter holidays.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the leaders' union NAHT, said: “We know that for many children, lunch at school is their only hot meal of the day and, in some cases, their only meal full stop.

"The government is doing the right thing in stepping forward and making sure all children can continue to access the food they need."