Weren’t free schools meals a Liberal Democrat policy?
And now the Tories are free of the Coalition, they’re quietly killing it.
So much for honour amongst thieves.
The Tories are quietly ending a free school meals fund which has paid out more than £32 million.
Special cash grants for nearly 3,000 of the smallest infant schools will not be renewed at the end of next month – forcing them to raid other parts of their budgets.
Bonus funding helped infant schools with fewer than 150 pupils meet David Cameron ‘s pledge to provide free hot meals for every pupil.
The schools, many of them in rural areas, needed extra cash because their size meant they could not buy bulk food cheaply enough to fit their budgets.
But the grant worth well over £3,000 per school in 2014/15 was scaled back to a flat fee of £2,300 this year – and is now being axed altogether.
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