The Independent reports that almost one million children from poor backgrounds will lose the right to free school meals if “lunch snatcher” Theresa May pushes through cuts in the Conservative manifesto, an educational think tank has warned.
In analysis conducted for The Observer, the EPI found that those losing hot lunches would include 100,000 from families living in relative poverty and 667,000 which it defined as coming from “ordinary working families” of the kind which Theresa May has said she wants to help. Those from the poorest backgrounds will still be entitled to a free midday meal.
A Conservative spokesman said: “We don’t think it is right to spend precious resources on subsidising school meals for better-off parents. So instead we will give that money to headteachers, to spend on pupils’ education instead.
“We will make sure all those who need it most still get free lunches – and will offer a free school breakfast to every child in every year of primary school. So the most disadvantaged children will now get two free school meals a day rather than one.”
Won’t the fact that those from the poorest backgrounds will still be entitled to a free midday meal make them stand out again? Something that universal free meals covered. Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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