• Ministers ‘knew all along’ free school meal vouchers would cover Easter

    Ministers have been accused of knowing “all along” they would extend the national voucher scheme into the Easter holidays. But Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, did not announce the decision to continue providing the vouchers to families eligible for free school meals until April 4, the day after most schools broke up for the

    15.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Revealed: Edenred sued government over tender-free contract

    The under-fire company that runs the national free meal voucher scheme took legal action against the government almost six years ago for issuing a contract to a rival without a tender. Schools Week revealed the government’s contract with Edenred – valued at up to £234 million – was awarded without going to tender under emergency

    17.00 May. 15th, 2020 | News

  • How the government's free school meals voucher scheme is leaving children without food

    “I’ve got nothing. No milk, no bread, no food, nothing.” That was the voicemail message a school received from a sobbing parent who had been waiting two weeks for her free school meal vouchers to arrive. My shopping costs have gone up by £30-£40 a week with the children home. These vouchers are needed…it’s making

    5.00 Apr. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Aldi joins national free school meal voucher scheme

    The supermarket chain Aldi has joined the government’s national free school meals voucher scheme. Vicky Ford, the children’s minister, said in a written ministerial statement that the brand would be accepting the vouchers provided through the government’s supplier, Edenred. According to the firm, vouchers obtained through the scheme will be redeemable in Aldi stores from

    15.53 Apr. 21st, 2020 | News

  • DfE urges schools to stop checking swamped free meal voucher website, as system labelled 'farcical'

    Schools are being urged not to revisit the government’s national free school meal voucher website unable to cope with demand as leaders label the system a “farce”. The website for Edenred, the voucher supplier, was “offline” for the whole Easter weekend so it could be upgraded to meet overwhelming demand as families living in poverty

    15.01 Apr. 14th, 2020 | News