Cost of Tories' free breakfasts 'could treble'

Giving a free breakfast to every primary school child in England could cost more than treble the £60m the Tory party set aside for it, academics say.


Experts analysing the plans re-costed them at between £180m and £400m, depending on how many pupils take them.


A Conservative Party spokesman said the original £60m costing of its universal offer was based on a 25% take-up rate.


Researchers at Education Data Lab say it also assumes food costs of 25p per pupil and does not include staff costs.


In their manifesto, the Conservatives said they would scrap free lunches for infant school children in England, in favour of a universal offer of a free breakfast for all primary school children.


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