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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. 

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.” 

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