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The MP for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy, is backing the Association of Colleges’ No Free Lunch? campaign calling on the Government to extend the provision of free meals to College students.
If a 16 to 18-year-old from a disadvantaged background studies in a school sixth form, Academy or Free School 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.
The AoC estimate the following number of students are missing out on free meals in your local Colleges:
• St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College: 84 (5%)
• City of Bristol College: 746 (13%)
• Filton College: 269 (10%)
Backing the campaign Kerry McCarthy MP said:
‘It is ridiculous that a college student from a disadvantaged background can lose their lunch entitlement, because they decide to go to Sixth Form College and not a Free School or an Academy. This disparity is inherently unfair. All students should be able to choose where they go for their further education studies based on what is right for them academically, no matter what their background. That is why I fully support the No Free Lunch? campaign and hope that this issue can be resolved as soon as possible so that all students in Bristol are treated equally.’