Parents in Thurrock back free lunches

Parents in Thurrock back free lunches

Parents in Thurrock back free lunches

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

PARENTS in Thurrock are backing a Government scheme of free school meals for infant school children, in which they stand to save £2.3million a year.

The initiative will be introduced in the new school year.

The Government estimates 5,800 children in the borough – aged between four and seven – will be eligible for free lunches, saving parents £400 per child – the estimated annual spend on school lunches.

Free meals for children over seven will continue to be means-tested.

Commenting on the Gazette’s Facebook page, Emma Webster, whose son starts school in 2015, said: “It’s about time working families received something back, and I think it’s a great initiative.

“I’ll definitely give school meals a chance when my boy starts.”

Rebecca Smith commented: “It’s a good idea, as long as the foods are healthy and taste good.”

The Government says parents can rest assured their young ones will receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

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11:57am Thu 21 Aug 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Does it really make sense to give what is effectively a welfare benefit to everyone universally. Why should people that have no children fork out money from their own pockets to pay for the school meals of parents that may earn £50k + per year. I'm sure lots of people without children would like their mortgages or rent paid for or their car tax and insurance paid for.

When will it finally dawn on politicians that the money in people's pocket's, that they have had to go out and earn just the same as people with children, is not the property of politicians to do as they want with. This country is going down the road of a communist state where those that have the ability to earn and make money and those that have money will pay everything for everyone else. Show me a successful communist state that hasn't collapsed into poverty, war and dictatorship.
Does it really make sense to give what is effectively a welfare benefit to everyone universally. Why should people that have no children fork out money from their own pockets to pay for the school meals of parents that may earn £50k + per year. I'm sure lots of people without children would like their mortgages or rent paid for or their car tax and insurance paid for. When will it finally dawn on politicians that the money in people's pocket's, that they have had to go out and earn just the same as people with children, is not the property of politicians to do as they want with. This country is going down the road of a communist state where those that have the ability to earn and make money and those that have money will pay everything for everyone else. Show me a successful communist state that hasn't collapsed into poverty, war and dictatorship. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 11

12:06pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Waste of money. And if meals have to be provided, all that is needed are some sandwiches / rolls. No-one needs a hot meal at lunchtime.
Waste of money. And if meals have to be provided, all that is needed are some sandwiches / rolls. No-one needs a hot meal at lunchtime. Jack222
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

And the image suggests the meal will be fast food fry ups! That will be good for them then!
And the image suggests the meal will be fast food fry ups! That will be good for them then! Jack222
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Sugarman says...

No such thing as a free lunch is there? Someone has to pay and it will be the taxpayer yet again. Surely it should be means tested considering they decided that people earning over a certain amount no longer qualify for child benefit.
No such thing as a free lunch is there? Someone has to pay and it will be the taxpayer yet again. Surely it should be means tested considering they decided that people earning over a certain amount no longer qualify for child benefit. Sugarman
  • Score: 5

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