29 Sep, 2015

Free school meals will not be cut, says Cameron

BBC News | Education & Family | 28 September 2015

David Cameron has dismissed speculation free school meals for all infant children could face cuts.

The prime minister “is committed to free school meals in England”, an official spokesman told the BBC.

The coalition government introduced the meals a year ago for all pupils in the first three years of school in England.

But there has been speculation the meals are at risk, after Chancellor George Osborne demanded cuts of between 25% and 40% from unprotected budgets.

The spokesman said the prime minister had made the point that “it was in the manifesto, the manifesto words are very clear – we’re proud of what we’ve done with free school meals”.

The Conservative manifesto says: “We will support families by providing free meals to all infants”.

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