School lunches will save parents £2m

School lunches will save parents £2m

School lunches will save parents £2m

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FREE lunches for primary pupils could save Southend parents £2million a year, the Government claims.

Schools must offer all pupils aged four to seven free school lunches from next month, with the Government picking up the bill.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is spearheading the initiative, said: “Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year, but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.

“Pupils at the pilot schools who were all given free meals were found to be up to two months ahead of their peers elsewhere.

“This is one of the most progressive changes to our school system for a long time.

“My goal is to create a level playing field for all of our children, so their success will be determined by their talents and efforts alone and not by their parents’ bank balance.”

The Government estimates parents spend about £400 per year on lunches for their child and about 5,127 Southend children will be eligible for the initiative.

Whitehall has set nutritionalstandards for the meals, which only about one per cent of packed lunches meet, evidence from the Children’s Food Trust suggests.

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9:19am Tue 19 Aug 14

Loosers says...

What a stupid initiative. Parents are responsible to feed their children; taxpayers in general should not be paying for this. Schools are having to raid their maintenance budgets to fund this Clegg idea. Time to stop it now.
What a stupid initiative. Parents are responsible to feed their children; taxpayers in general should not be paying for this. Schools are having to raid their maintenance budgets to fund this Clegg idea. Time to stop it now. Loosers
  • Score: 3

10:56am Tue 19 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Waste of money. It wont save parents money - they will pay for it in tax.

It's parental responsibility for food.

And why this paranoia about hot food. Just give them sandwiches / rolls and save most of the money!

Just another reason to not vote for the Liberals...
Waste of money. It wont save parents money - they will pay for it in tax. It's parental responsibility for food. And why this paranoia about hot food. Just give them sandwiches / rolls and save most of the money! Just another reason to not vote for the Liberals... Jack222
  • Score: 3

10:59am Tue 19 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

More booze money for mummy
More booze money for mummy sesibollox
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Tue 19 Aug 14

emcee says...

I still fail to see how this initiative will be any better for these pupils. All it does is give parents of toddlers a few more quid in their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer.

Besides, just because you put a meal in front of a child, it does not mean that child will eat it (leading a horse to water, and all that). What are you going to do to a child who will not eat his/her lunch, tube feed them?

Putting aside that there will be no way to gauge effectiveness of this ridiculous initiative, this is just one of those utter nonsense, Lib Dem, idealistic ideas that just scrapes the bottom of the barrel for lack of being allowed to influence any other Government decisions.
I still fail to see how this initiative will be any better for these pupils. All it does is give parents of toddlers a few more quid in their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer. Besides, just because you put a meal in front of a child, it does not mean that child will eat it (leading a horse to water, and all that). What are you going to do to a child who will not eat his/her lunch, tube feed them? Putting aside that there will be no way to gauge effectiveness of this ridiculous initiative, this is just one of those utter nonsense, Lib Dem, idealistic ideas that just scrapes the bottom of the barrel for lack of being allowed to influence any other Government decisions. emcee
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

whateverhappened says...

sesibollox wrote:
More booze money for mummy
your's it seems drank through pregnancy (heavily)
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: More booze money for mummy[/p][/quote]your's it seems drank through pregnancy (heavily) whateverhappened
  • Score: 1

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