The Conservative’s plans to scrap universal infant free school meals will leave the families of infant children £450 worse off everyyear, Labour analysis shows.
Labour analysis has shown that there are around 11,857 children in Coventry who will no longer be eligible for free school meals under the new system, where only those children who were eligible for free school meals under the means testing system will still be eligible.
Labour will ensure that every primary school child, whatever their background, have a hot and healthy meal during the school day, by introducing universal free school meals for every primary school child.
Jim Cunningham, Labour’s candidate for Coventry South, said:
“These figures show that, under Tory proposals, 11,857 children in Coventry will no longer be eligible for free school meals.
“The fact that working families, already facing falling real wages under the Tories, will need to find nearly £450 a year to pay the Tories’ lunch tax shows that Theresa May’s Conservatives have no plans to help those who are just about managing.
“Only Labour will stand up for working families, from universal free school meals in primary school, to a real living wage of £10 an hour, as we build a country for the many, not the few.”