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Liz Kendall, Labour’s candidate for Leicester West, today revealed new figures showing 12,600 children in Leicester would lose their free school meal under Tory plans. 

The new analysis, based on Government statistics, shows 8 out of 10 pupils in Leicester aged 7 and under who currently receive free school meals would no longer get them under Conservative proposals to means-test eligibility. 

The figures also show families would be around £450 a year worse off for each child they have in infant school. 

Liz Kendall said: “Conservative plans to take free school meals away from 12,600 children in Leicester, and leave parents to foot the bill, will be a real blow to hard working families here. If you've got two children under seven years old you could face paying almost £1,000 a year to cover the cost of a hot lunch. 

“Free school meals improve children's health and help them focus and concentrate better at school. They're also a god-send for busy working parents who may be struggling to make ends meet.  

“Scrapping universal free school meals for the youngest children, and cutting funding from our local schools, show the Tories have no intention of helping Leicester's ‘just about managing’ families. Our city needs strong Labour MPs who will fight to give all our children the best start in life, not a Tory who will roll over and accept the cuts being handed down to local people.” 

12,600 children in Leicester face losing free school lunches under Tory plans

Liz Kendall, Labour’s candidate for Leicester West, today revealed new figures showing 12,600 children in Leicester would lose their free school meal under Tory plans. 

A staggering 18,270 Mansfield and Warsop pensioners are set to lose their Winter Fuel allowance under new Conservative Party manifesto pledges, representing 84% of those eligible in Mansfield and Warsop.

 

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The introduction of means testing for the payments means pensioners in Mansfield and Warsop will be struggling to heat their homes this winter.

 

Alan Meale, Labour’s candidate for Mansfield in the upcoming General Election said;

 

“The Conservative Party seem to be picking on pensioners around here. From scrapping the Triple Lock on pensions to cutting winter fuel payments to the bone, I know pensioners will be asking one simple question at this election - why us? The sun may be shining on Mansfield at the moment, but it simply isn’t good enough that local Pensioners are being left out in the cold by the Conservative Party like this.”

 

Alan Meale is pledging to protect Winter Fuel Payments and free bus passes for everyone over the age of 60 in Mansfield and Warsop.

 

Labour will protect pensioner incomes by legislating to keep the Triple Lock on state pensions over the lifetime of the next parliament. This means pensions for local people will rise each year by whichever is highest: average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent.

Nearly 20,000 Mansfield and Warsop pensioners set to lose out on Winter Fuel Allowance this winter

A staggering 18,270 Mansfield and Warsop pensioners are set to lose their Winter Fuel allowance under new Conservative Party manifesto pledges, representing 84% of those eligible in Mansfield and Warsop....

Damming new figures released recently show that every school in Mansfield and Warsop is due to face per pupil cuts under the Conservative Party Government’s new school funding formula.

 

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• Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield is set to lose £960 per pupil, and up to 11 teachers.
• Meden School in Warsop is set to lose £626 per pupil and up to 11 teachers.
• The Manor Academy in Mansfield Woodhouse is set to lose £253 per pupil and up to 6 teachers.

It is clear there is a crisis in our education system and that areas like Mansfield and Warsop are being hit harder than other areas.

Alan Meale, Labour’s candidate in the General Election said:

“Why are our young people being hit so hard by these cuts, while other more affluent areas down south aren’t? I think Mansfield’s young people, parents and teachers deserve better than that. It’s a disgrace the Conservative Party in Mansfield have let this happen. My team and I are campaigning for a fair share for local schools at this election. I know Parents here in Mansfield will be asking one simple question at this election - why are the Conservative Party targeting our schools for the chop?”

The Conservative Party and their candidate here in Mansfield seem to be boasting about their government’s impact on local schools in a recent article in the Chad.

The truth however is that at the last General Election, the Conservatives promised to protect the money ‘following your child into school’. This promise was broken and we are now seeing the worst cuts to school budgets in a generation, with schools nationally facing cuts of up to £3 billion a year by 2020.


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Notes for Editor

• Figures compiled by the NUT and can be found in full at www.schoolcuts.org.uk

Every school in Mansfield and Warsop facing cuts under the Conservative Government’s new schools funding formula, with some set to lose as much as £960 per pupil.

Damming new figures released recently show that every school in Mansfield and Warsop is due to face per pupil cuts under the Conservative Party Government’s new school funding formula.  ...

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