The Conservatives have pledged less the 7p per pupil towards their plan to replace free school meals for infant pupils with free breakfasts for all primary pupils.

Clearly, with such a low budget, there will be no aim to provide a nutritious meal.

One is led to question whether the Tories will buy cheap, fatty foods – from the very food producers Theresa May promised would be made to manufacture healthier products when she became prime minister (and then u-turned after the businesspeople rebuffed her).

Is this yet more appeasement for her big business funders?

The Conservatives have set aside just under 7p per pupil for its manifesto pledge to give all primary school pupils free breakfasts, in what food experts have labelled a “black hole” in the government’s manifesto calculations.

The party’s manifesto, launched last Thursday, scraps universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), which cost an estimated £600 million a year, in favour of free breakfasts for all primary pupils, which a press release today said will cost just £60 million a year.

But critics have calculated that if the country’s 4.62 million primary state school pupils were fed a free breakfast on this budget for 190 school days each year, each meal would have to cost no more than 6.8p.

Even if just half of those pupils took up the offer of free breakfast, these meals would cost just 13.6p each.

Source: Conservatives’ free breakfast pledge ‘costed at just 7p per meal’

And how are the Tories doing in other education-related matters?

Vote Labour on June 8 – for the children.

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