Theresa May made the vow a centrepiece of her election manifesto just a month ago – but now it’s just another Tory U-turn.
The Tories have quietly broken a manifesto promise to give 4.7million kids free school breakfasts in yet another U-turn.
Theresa May made the vow a centrepiece of her election manifesto just a month ago, offering free breakfasts to all children in primary school.
But it depended on also withdrawing free school lunches from most pupils aged five to seven at the same time.
That policy prompted a backlash and Mrs May promptly ditched it after being branded the “lunch snatcher”.
Until now ministers had not confirmed breakfasts were also off the table.
This week, in a written answer after MPs left for their summer break, the government finally admitted free breakfasts will not happen.
Instead the government will spend just £10million a year on breakfast clubs across 1,600 schools – a sixth of the planned budget.
Education Minister Robert Goodwill added: “Further details of the programme will be announced in due course.”
Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: “This is yet another humiliating u-turn on education policy from Theresa May’s weak and wobbly government.
“Breakfast doesn’t mean breakfast, and they have made a mess of it.
“How can anyone believe a word they now say?”