Tories pledge free breakfasts for all primary pupils but fund only a quarter
Education Datalab estimates true costs would be nearly three times higher, even if just a fifth of pupils take up the offer.
The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge of free breakfasts for all primary school pupils is based on funding fewer than a quarter of eligible children, researchers have revealed.
The party has promised to "offer a free school breakfast to every child in every year of primary school".
It said that funding would partly come from scrapping free school lunches for all infants.
Now Education Datalab has published its own evaluation of providing school breakfasts and concluded that the £60 million cost, which the Tories have said will be needed to fulfil its breakfast promise for all primary children, looks “very optimistic”.