LibDems: 3,000 IW pupils to be hit by Tory scrapping free school lunches

The LibDems say that 3,000 Isle of Wight school kids will be hit by the Conservative manifesto pledge to cut currently-free school lunches, stating each child’s family would need to find £480/year to pay for their lunches.

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This release in from Nick Belfitt, the prospective parliamentary candidate in the 2017 general election. OnTheWight has sought a response from Bob Seely. Ed


3,000 schoolchildren on Isle of Wight will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto.

Introduced by Liberal Democrats
Free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child.

The Liberal Democrats have called on Conservative candidate Bob Seely to make it clear whether or not he would vote for the plans.

The Conservatives are also proposing to make older people pay for social care costs from the value of their own homes when they die. This means on average, families on the Island would expect to see 49.7% of the value of their home spent on care costs.

Belfitt: “The nasty party is back”
Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Belfitt commented:

“This Conservative manifesto shows the nasty party is back.

“Margaret Thatcher was known as the milk snatcher, it seems Theresa May will go down as the lunch snatcher.

“She is cynically snatching meals away from thousands of children on the Isle of Wight, while the elderly receiving care in their own home will face a ‘Personal Death Tax’ charged against their home.

“Bob Seely must now come clean over whether he will vote to take away free lunches from the children of hard-pressed families.

“The Liberal Democrats will offer a brighter future by extending free school meals to all primary schools.

“We will stand up to Theresa May’s cold, mean-spirited Britain, protecting those that need the most help and fighting for more funding for our schools and hospitals.”

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Friday, 19th May, 2017 10:37am

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5 Comments

  1. fedupbritain


    19.May.2017 12:11pm

    Why stop at free lunch during school times? If the children are so in need of a decent meal, why not run it through the holidays? Possibly give them a dinner as well, and to pay for this halt child benefit.

  2. rossignol16


    20.May.2017 1:09pm

    There is likely to be a radical shake-up of all benefits under whatever new administration takes control on 8 June 2017.

    The prospect of children losing their – possibly one major meal of the day – does seem on the face of it to be very short-sighted. But maybe the proposals will be linked to means-tested child benefit, so that families in real need will be automatically be given the extra meals for their children who have to go to school and as fedupbritain says above that maybe holiday clubs for all children could then provide good wholesome meals for these children at no cost to their families.

  3. fedupbritain


    20.May.2017 5:29pm

    The short school days mean that at least one parent has to be at home from around 2.30/3.00. So one parent is likely to only able to do part time work. But during the holidays that parent is more likely to have to give up that job to look after the kids, thus reducing family income. This means that meals provided are more acutely needed when the schools aren’t open.

    • rossignol16


      20.May.2017 11:37pm

      I am thinking of radical shake-up to the entire system rather than tinkering at the edges.

      At Ryde School, for example, they run “holiday school” for children so that they can have adventurous pursuits that is just as much “education” as any traditional class-based learning in my opinion.

      There is nothing to stop the Council and the Education department from doing something similar for all state school children is there? And this would enable parents who might be in the most difficult situations to be able to keep their day job and then collect their children at home time.

  4. iain mckie


    21.May.2017 6:18pm

    There is often a view that people who send their children to private school are privileged and others hard done by. This is simply not the case. Firstly, the state schools on the Island are pretty, late’s face it, crud. Yet, the blame is centred onto central Government rather than the teachers simply being bad at their jobs (two teachers running for Parliament – yay!). Secondly, there are many people who choose to cough up the extra money to use the private schools and work a harder crust while still paying into general taxation and fund the state sector (many, too, forgo holidays and other treats too). However, despite the clear successes of the private system the Left chooses to decry it and extend the begging bowl. I would like to see a voucher system introduced whereby each kid is given a token worth £5k which can be used by parents to either send to a state school or topped up and used towards private school fees. This would bring in sorely needed competition into the sector, and poor teachers would get shown the door.

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