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Should Universal Free School Meals be scrapped?

Should Universal Free School Meals be scrapped?

Universal free meals for infants should be scrapped to help the “undue” funding pressures facing schools, a Tory backbencher has suggested.

 

Anne Main argued her party’s decision to drop its manifesto commitment was “misguided” and the party “should have investigated that further”.

The St Albans MP added it was “crazy” to ring-fence “huge sums of money for foreign aid” when the education budget lacked funding.

She said parliamentarians should have chance to debate “this misplaced policy”.

Speaking during her Westminster Hall debate on school funding, she said: “Just like I don’t want to see any budgets that should be used for pupils who are at the poorest end of the margins taken away, I don’t want to see wealthier parents being cross-subsidised when they don’t need it.”

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