8157 children across Wandsworth, of which 3136 who are in Tooting, could lose free school meals under Tory plans - Phil Ling, Tooting spokesperson
Thousands of children in Wandsworth could lose their right to a free school meal under Conservative plans to review the scheme. Universal free school meals offer every infant child a healthy meal at lunchtime, which saves families more than£400 per child per year.
Evidence shows where children have been given a free school dinner, their results improved compared to youngsters who didn't get one.
These academic improvements were most marked among children from the poorest backgrounds. There are currently 8157 children who receive free school meals in Wandsworth, who would lose them if the Conservatives follow through with plans reported in the media recently.
If this goes ahead, the Tories will show they are willing to take an axe to the education budget at the expense of children's learning. By scrapping this policy they would take food off the plates of thousands children across Wandsworth who now benefit from a free healthy meal at lunchtime. The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to get this through in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class, and all the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money.
Tooting will be the most affected with 3136 children currently receiving free school meals, followed by 2639 in Battersea and 2382 in Putney.