Can she be trusted to be honest about anything? Last week she looked to snatch away the only hot meal some children would see in the day with a bowl of cold economy cornflakes and milk. Today it appears that even this replacement is in jeopardy. TheField Link
Having pledged in their manifesto to provide a breakfast for all 4.62 million primary school children in England it seems nobody bothered to check how much it would cost. This was to be a free breakfast up to the age of 11.
The wonder boys at tory central believed this move to a breakfast would save millions as a breakfast alone would be just £60m. The trouble is that if you actually take the trouble to break it all down that means they are funding a breakfast to the tune of 6.8p. Under 7p for a breakfast? Yum, yum!
Experts have said that in reality at least three times that amount would be needed in order to provide a healthy meal for all 4.62 million primary school children across the country.
Backtracking on previous statements, the tories are now refusing to confirm the correct amount set out in the plans.
Education Datalab analysis confirmed that even if only half the nation’s primary school children were to take up the offer, the meals would have to cost less than 13.6p each.
After some serious economists took a look at the issue they decided that overall it was far more likely to cost around £400m – all money well spent even if May doesn’t know her arse from her elbow when it comes to finance.
If, heaven forbid, May-Day and her troopers win the election we all know what will happen. They will ‘fund’ a breakfast to the tune of 10p a day and the schools will have to pick-up the remaining costs taking funding away from classroom education. Trust a tory? Our fat, hairy arses!