Sweeping cuts to school meal eligibility have been waved through in a Commons vote.

The Conservative government said the shake-up is “necessary to ensure that this funding is targeted towards the most disadvantaged families.”

That’s except in Northern Ireland, of coure, where the earnings threshold for parents to lose the right to free school meals for their child will be £14,000 – because the Conservatives need the support of the Northern Irish DUP to get any legislation through Parliament.

This is a government so twisted, every minister needs the help of a civil servant to screw them into their clothes in the morning.

(Perhaps I could have phrased that better…)

What I want to know is: What happened to “English votes for English laws”?

Could the Tories not rely on the number of MPs they have representing English constituencies to get the vote passed?

It turns out that they could – an England-only breakdown of votes shows that they could have won by 282-214.

So why involve the DUP at all?

This is, after all, legislation that affects England alone, isn’t it?

No?

It sure looks like it!

The outrage is palpable:

Tories and their DUP allies waved through sweeping cuts to free school meal eligibility tonight in a bitter Commons vote.

Campaigners say the shake-up will leave a million fewer children eligible in future than if the rules had continued as they are now.

Currently all families on Universal Credit can claim free school meals – a transitional measure to help people move to the six-in-one benefit.

But from April 1, children in Year 3 and above on Universal Credit in England will not normally be eligible if their parents earn more than £7,400.

Source: Tories just voted to cut children’s free school meal eligibility in move that ‘could deprive a million kids’ – Mirror Online


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