Cait Clucas and the Lib Dems will fight conservative plans will take lunches away from 15,858 children in Gloucestershire

May 19, 2017 9:30 AM

15858 schoolchildren in Gloucestershire 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 Laurence Robertson 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 Gloucestershire would expect to see 59.30% of the value of their home spent on care costs.

Lib Dem candidate for Tewkesbury Cait Clucas commented:

" Free school meals for infants was introduced by the Liberal Democrats in the coalition. A conservative government will deprive KS1 children of what is, for some, the only hot meal of the day. I was a child when Margaret Thatcher took away free milk, this is shameful. It is no wonder that many people on the doorsteps say anything but Tory and recognise that a vote for us is a vote for social responsibility."

"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/hundreds of children in the Tewkesbury Constituency, while the elderly receiving care in their own home will face a 'Personal Death Tax' charged against their home.

"Laurence Robertson must now come clean over whether he/she 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.
Cait"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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