The Fight For Free School Meals

At a recent County Council meeting the Lib Dem Group won an almost unanimous vote for their proposal that the Chairman of KCC should write to David Cameron urging his Government to continue free school meals for children in primary schools.

Maidstone Central County Councillor, Rob Bird, seconded the motion and quoted the Dept of Education’s own words: “We want to give every child, regardless of their background, the very best start in life. This is at the heart of what we are doing with school meals…”

Lib Dem Education Spokesperson on KCC, Martin Vye, said “We Liberal Democrats fought hard when we were in the Coalition Government for introducing these free school meals….When that government extended the scheme over the whole country, Kent invested a considerable amount in additional school kitchens and equipment and we don’t want this investment thrown away.”

Schools, parents and, most importantly, young children will be very pleased and relieved that the Chancellor has now announced that funding for universal free school meals will be protected.