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Amber to take free school lunches off over 500 #Hastings #Rye children assessed to be living in poverty

May 31, 2017

Nick serving school dinners at Sacred Heart, Hastings back in 2014

Up to 562 children living in poverty across Hastings & Rye 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 nearly 3000 children 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, Lib Dem candidate for MP, Nick Perry said:

“Theresa May’s cruel policy will mean 562 children living in poverty in Hastings & Rye 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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