LGBT+ children eligible for free school meals more likely to have drug problems, survey suggests

The likelihood of dependency was higher among all children who were able to claim free school meals compared to those not eligible, according to a survey of secondary school pupils.

But the figure was higher still when narrowed down to children on free school meals who also identified as LGBT+, the data, shared with The Independent, shows.

Nine per cent of this group said they were experiencing or had experienced alcohol or drug dependency in a survey commissioned by Just like Us, a charity which supports LGBT+ young people.

This was three times higher than the figure for children not eligible for free school meals, which stood at three per cent.

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