annal nayyar upload report: Nick Clegg: Tory school meal plans ‘hit children’s health’

Conservative proposals to end free school lunches for infants in England will have a negative impact on children’s health, Nick Clegg has said.

The Conservatives are proposing free breakfasts for all primary school children instead.

But Mr Clegg said that unlike school lunches, breakfasts have no minimum fruit and vegetable portions.

He said it meant children would no longer get free access to two of their “five-a-day”.

School food is shaping up to be a major battlefield at the general election:

  • In Scotland children in their first three years at primary schools will continue to get free school lunches whoever wins the general election, after it was introduced by the Scottish government in 2015
  • In Wales all primary school children are entitled to a free school breakfast, in addition to free lunches for infants
  • Labour says it will introduce free school lunches for all primary school children in England, not just those in the first three years, paid for by removing a VAT exemption on private school fees
  • The Conservative manifesto says: “We do not believe that giving school lunches to all children free of charge for the first three years of primary school – regardless of the income of their parents – is a sensible use of public money”
  • The Liberal Democrats say they would extend free school meals “to all children in primary education and promote school breakfast clubs”
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