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Lib Dems: May is snatching lunches from 984 children living in poverty in Dover

June 5, 2017 6:30 PM
By Simon Dodd

Lib Dem school lunches imageUp to 984 children living in poverty in Dover and Deal 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 2,755 children in Dover 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, Simon Dodd, Liberal Democrat candidate for Dover, said:

"Theresa May's cruel policy will mean 984 children living in poverty in Dover and Deal 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."