SCHOOL DINNERS: UK Deputy PM defends free school meals policy

The deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, Nick Clegg has come out in defence of free school meals for six and seven-year old children, after opponents of the Coalition’s plan raised concerns about how they will be funded. Clegg has said that the budget for providing a hot midday meal to every primary school pupil in the country will be drawn from a £150 million Treasury kitty as well as underspends in schools’ maintenance budgets. He turned the tables on critics worried about the new initiative’s possible impact on cash-strapped taxpayers by saying it was nonsense to suggest the cost of funding extra kitchens will come from funds not available in the total schools maintenance budget. The £150 million needed to … Continue reading SCHOOL DINNERS: UK Deputy PM defends free school meals policy