Unintended Outcomes

The inadequacies of existing policy responses detailed above indicate the need to consider the alternative policy response of government-funded school lunch provision.  However, it is important to project the potential unintended outcomes of such provision to inform both programme design and the assessments of policy appropriateness which precede it.  The main unintended outcome of government-funded school lunch provision is the potential to usurp or undermine parental responsibility for providing for their children, both in terms of nutrition and their wellbeing more generally.

Families who currently have the resources to meet their parental responsibility of providing their child(ren) with a daily school lunch may no longer choose to do so if government-funded school lunch provision is introduced.  Consideration of who should be in receipt of free school lunches if implemented is thus important.  This question is approached in the report through comparative institutional analysis.