Up to 478 children living in poverty across the Colne Valley constituency will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May’s plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total 3,790 children in the Colne Valley constituency are set to lose out under the plans.
Those families losing out are expected to have to pay around £440 per child per year for their school lunches.
The Liberal Democrats have also calculated that under Conservative costings of just under 7p per child’s breakfast, each child could expect to receive either half a boiled egg, one slice of bread with 12 baked beans or 37.5 cornflakes and 100ml of semi-skimmed milk.
Commenting on the figures, Cahal Burke (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate) said:
“Theresa May’s cruel policy will mean 478 children living in poverty in the Colne Valley constituency will lose out on free school lunches.
“This will mean greater inequality and struggling families having to pay hundreds of pounds on lunches a year.
“The Conservatives’ promise of a free breakfast is cynical and clearly not designed to reach all children. They have set aside a meagre 7p per breakfast per child, the price of half a boiled egg or just one slice of bread with 12 baked beans.
“The Liberal Democrats will stand up against this mean-spirited vision of Britain and extend free school lunches to all primary school children.”
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