Tories pledge to scrap free lunches for primary school children, but will offer free breakfasts

Theresa May will scrap free lunches for primary school pupils in favour of providing free breakfasts as part of her manifesto promises.


The Prime Minister will use the money saved from free school meals to limit the damage schools face when the new national funding formula is introduced.


The move led to the Liberal Democrats accusing the Prime Minister of being the “lunch snatcher”.


According to the Conservatives, scrapping the £650m a year free school meal promise will save around £4bn over the next Parliament.


Money will protect schools


The money, the party says, will provide schools with a real terms increase and mitigate any potential losses when the new funding formula is ushered in, which will radically overhaul how cash is distributed to schools.

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