Will Forster

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Scrapping free school lunches would waste almost £2 million upgrading kitchens in Surrey

by willforster on 29 May, 2017

Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £1.96 million invested in Surrey school kitchens, according to the Lib Dems.  It comes after figures revealed 31,178 children in Surrey are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals.

When in Government, the Lib Dems invested £160 million upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches, including £1,965,445 in Surrey.

The Lib Dems in Government invested £160 million to give schools the kitchens they needed to ensure that no infant would go hungry, including almost £2 million in Surrey.  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 and the Tories are 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 Tory opponent to say whether, if elected, he would vote against their own party to ensure that children in Woking receive a decent lunch.  The Lib Dems and I will protect free school lunches for infants and ensure all primary school children can get a healthy, free lunch a day.

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