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No free lunch?

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Julian Huppert, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, today lent his support to a campaign in Parliament to call for free meals for young people, including students who attend Long Road Sixth Form College.

The No Free Lunch? campaign runs across all political parties and calls on the Government to extend the provision of free meals to College students.  This is because if a 16 to 18-year-old from a disadvantaged background stays on at their school sixth form they are provided with a free meal. If the same student chooses to study at a further education or sixth form college they lose that entitlement.

Mike Bryant, Vice Principal at Long Road, said:  “We are delighted the No Free Lunch? campaign has been so widely supported.  We and other colleges are working very hard to highlight the very high standards that students in colleges achieve, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to make sure that students in colleges receive fair treatment in terms of government funding.”

The Association of Colleges have lodged a petition on the Number 10 website about free meals for College students and members of the public can sign it at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31069

Photo: Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge.