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Conservative plans will take lunches away from over 18,000 children in Leicestershire

by michaelwyatt on 19 May, 2017

Over 18,000 schoolchildren in Leicestershire will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto.

Free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child.

The Liberal Democrats have called on Conservative candidate Andrew Bridgen to make it clear whether or not he would vote for the plans.

The Conservatives are also proposing to make older people pay for social care costs from the value of their own homes when they die. This means on average, families in North West Leicestershire would expect to see 46% of the value of their home spent on care costs.

Liberal Democrat North West Leicestershire Michael Wyatt commented:

“This Conservative manifesto shows the nasty party is back.

“Margaret Thatcher was known as the milk snatcher, it seems Theresa May will go down as the lunch snatcher.

“She is cynically snatching meals away from thousands of children in North West Leicestershire, while the elderly receiving care in their own home will face a ‘Personal Death Tax’ charged against their home.

“Our Tory MP must now come clean over whether he will vote to take away free lunches from the children of hard-pressed families.

“The Liberal Democrats will offer a brighter future by extending free school meals to all primary schools.

“We will stand up to Theresa May’s cold, mean-spirited Britain, protecting those that need the most help and fighting for more funding for our schools and hospitals.”

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