The Tories will scrap free lunches for primary school children, but will offer free breakfasts : i News

Theresa May will scrap free lunches for primary school pupils in favour of providing free breakfasts as part of her manifesto promises. The Prime Minister will use the money saved from free school meals to limit the damage schools face when the new national funding formula is introduced. The move led to the Liberal Democrats accusing the Prime Minister of being the “lunch snatcher”. According to the Conservatives, scrapping the £650m a year free school meal promise will save around £4bn over the next Parliament. Money will protect schools The money, the party says, will provide schools with a real terms increase and mitigate any potential losses when the new funding formula is ushered in, which will radically overhaul how cash is distributed to schools. The new formula aims to end historic differences in the amount of money each school receives in per pupil funding. Around half of all schools were likely to suffer losses to their budgets as a result of the changes, with those in urban areas suffering the heaviest cuts. Hot meals for all five, six and seven-year-olds were introduced by the Liberal Democrats during the Coalition Government, sparking a furious spat between the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former education secretary Michael Gove’s team. Millions of pounds had to be spent building kitchens for schools, which did not have the facilities to provide the meals. Under the proposals put forward by the Conservatives, pupils will be given free breakfasts, while pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds will continue to receive free lunches. But the Liberal Democrats compared the move to Margaret Thatcher’s decision to remove free school milk, which led to her being known as the “milk snatcher”.
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