Election 2017: Conservatives’ free school breakfast pledge ‘costed at just 7p per meal’

The party pledged £60m for free school breakfasts in their election manifesto - but experts say a more realistic budget would be £400m.

 

A Conservative Party manifesto pledge to give all primary school pupils free breakfasts falls short by £340m, it has been claimed.

 

The party’s manifesto, released last week, proposes scrapping universal infant free school meals – which cost an estimated £600m each year – in favour of free breakfasts for all primary school pupils, at an estimated cost of just £60m per year.

 

But critics have calculated that if the country’s 4.62 million primary school children attending state schools were to be fed a free breakfast on this budget, each meal could cost no more than 6.8p.

 

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