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Scrapping free school lunches would waste £1,216,939 spent on upgrading kitchens in Northamptonshire

May 28, 2017 10:29 AM
By Andrew Simpson

Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £1.2 million invested in Northamptonshire to upgrade school kitchens, according to the Liberal Democrats.

It comes after figures revealed 18,518 children in the County are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals.

School meals

When in government, the Liberal Democrats invested £160m upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches, including £1.2 million in Northamptonshire.


Andrew Simpson the Liberal Democrat candidate for Daventry constituency commented:

"The Liberal Democrats in government invested £160m to give schools the kitchens they needed to ensure that no infant would go hungry, including £1.2 million in our County.

"This policy was extremely successful and guaranteed that local children received at least two of their five a day in their school lunch.

"But now Theresa May is threatening to throw that money down the drain.

"A Conservative measure designed to save money will waste money. Not only is it heartless, it is bad economics.

"I challenge my Conservative opponent to say whether, if elected, he/ she would vote against their own party to ensure that children in Northamptonshire receive a decent lunch.

"The Liberal Democrats will protect free school lunches for infants and ensure all primary school children can get a healthy, free lunch a day."

ENDS

Notes to editors

The government announced £150 million of funding to upgrade school facilities in 2015 (link)

An additional £10 million of funding was announced in 2015 to support the schools which most needed it (link)

The Liberal Democrats introduced free school meals when in government and have committed in their manifesto to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils (link, p.30)