Free School Meals U-Turn

4 July 2017

Commenting on Nick Gibb’s confirmation in the Commons today that infant free school meals will not be scrapped, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;

“This is a victory for all those who campaigned to retain free school meals for all infant children. It is hard to credit that a Conservative Government was seriously considering taking the food off young children’s plates.

“Teachers and parents will remain concerned, however, about the huge gap in finances that is resulting in cuts to education up and down the country. The Conservatives had pledged ‘additional funding’ for schools during the Election. Schools, teachers and parents need urgent assurance from Government that new money will be provided to tackle the growing crisis in school funding. This is truly urgent; schools need £2bn by September.”

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