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The Conservatives plan to end free school meals for younger children of primary schools. This would hit the infants in the first 3 school years.  According to the BBC (19 May 2017) High profile Chef and School food campaigner Jamie Oliver has labelled Theresa May's plan to axe free school meals for infants "a disgrace".i

Research by the Education Policy Institute concludes that about 900,000 children nationally who are either eligible for the pupil premium supplement or classed as being in ordinary working families will lose the right to a free hot lunch.ii

An example of how this would impact on one local school: Langland Community School

There are 355 children aged under 3 - 11 at Langland Community School on Netherfield. Of these 202 get free school meals (57%) This tells you that the catchment area serving this well loved school is in an economically poor community. One of the 30% poorest areas in the Country

The TV chef, who led a successful campaign to improve the quality of school food, said the move "put future generations at risk".

He said: "It's a fact. Children perform better after eating a decent lunch."

The Conservatives want to axe the free meals in order to save money and plug gaps in England's school finances that they have caused through under funding. Yet Langland Community School is already set to lose £119,255 up to 2020 as a result of the new schools funding formula.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South who represents the Langland School area, said “I agree with Jamie Oliver free school meals are vital for somewhere like Langland School. Parents and teachers work well together to enhance opportunities for the children and a good healthy meal helps improve the long term health and achievements of the children.

 "This is a disgrace."

Jamie Oliver also added: "This move shows a complete lack of understanding of all the data that's been shared and puts our future generations at huge risk, as well as further undermining our teachers who benefit from well-fed kids.

Hannah O’Neill has also highlighted the top 5 primary schools in her Parliamentary area with high school meal levels and hit by the proposed Double Whammy of ending School Meals and funding cuts. They are:

Top 5 Primary School Free School Meal losers in Milton Keynes South constituency

 

School 

% 

Free School Meals 

Lost Money per school. 

% Loss 

Per school  

Loss per pupil 

1 

Water Hall Primary School 

59% 

-£224,136 

-14% 

-£718 

2 

Greenleys Junior School 

59% 

-£159,381 

-15% 

-£793 

3 

Queen Eleanor Primary School 

57% 

-£154,233 

-14% 

-£795 

4 

Langland Community School 

57% 

-£119,255 

-8% 

-£370 

5 

Drayton Park School 

55% 

-£164,914 

-11% 

-£542 

Cllr O’Neill concluded, “What sort of Government cuts Free school Meals and also cuts school budgets. A Conservative one! I would like to thank Jamie Oliver for speaking out and putting the case for healthy eating.”

Hannah O'Neill: Jamie Oliver is right about Conservatives School Meals Axe.

The Conservatives plan to end free school meals for younger children of primary schools. This would hit the infants in the first 3 school years.  According to the BBC (19...

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A Triple Whammy will hit Milton Keynes 32,000 pensioners hard if the Conservatives remain in Government.

Pensioners have been betrayed by the Conservatives’ manifesto, targeted with a triple whammy. Older people stand to lose the pension guarantee in the next parliament, the Winter Fuel Allowance is being hacked away at and their plans could mean millions having to work longer to get their State Pension.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes North Charlynne Pullen said, “The proposals from the Conservatives are causing unease amongst pensioners from Stantonbury to Newport Pagnell. Many are telling me they will not vote for such drastic proposals.

Existing Government actions are already leading to :

* Spending on pensioner benefits falling in real terms next year.

* The estimated number of pensioners living in poverty, after housing costs, in 2015/16 was 1.9 million. This is an increase of 300,000 compared with 2010/11.

* 400,000 fewer older people are receiving state-funded social care, and the number of days patients are stuck in hospital because there is nowhere safe to discharge them has reached a record high in recent months.

Charlynne Pullen added, “Far from addressing the problems they have caused, the Tories now offer only more insecurity for older people.

The 2017 Conservative manifesto contains a triple whammy for pensioners:

* scrapping the Triple Lock

* cutting Winter Fuel Payments

* raising the State Pension age

Charlynne Pullen concluded, “Theresa May is asking millions of people to work longer only to receive far less generous support in retirement and worse public services. The Tories are a threat to pensioners’ living standards.

Only a Labour Government will stand up for the many.

Charlynne Pullen: Tories are a threat to pensioners’ living standards

A Triple Whammy will hit Milton Keynes 32,000 pensioners hard if the Conservatives remain in Government. Pensioners have been betrayed by the Conservatives’ manifesto, targeted with a triple whammy. Older...

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Milton Keynes continues to face a growing homelessness crisis with a record 773 families in temporary accommodation, including over 1200 children on Friday 19 May. However the number of families in Bed and Breakfast has dropped from over 53% of the homeless to under 4%.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, Cllr Hannah O’Neill, said “Milton Keynes continues to face a huge homelessness challenge and the number in temporary accommodation has grown by 173 households since January, a 29% increase.

Cllr O’Neill added, “But within that terrible story of anguish and hardship for hundreds of families and over 1200 children is one bit of good news. That is the number in B&B has dropped from over 50% of all families to under 4%. This is the lowest percentage since Labour took over responsibility for running the Council.

Cllr O’Neill reinforced the difference between the old Conservative council and the Labour led council.

She continued, “When we took over the Council the number in B&B stood at 53%. I am delighted we have brought it down to 4%. That is still 4% too many and we have to find long term solutions.

Cllr O’Neill concluded, “Labour are in the process of building or acquiring 98 new council properties this year. This is good but like the fall in use of B&B is only scraping the surface of the problem. What we need is the freedom to build thousands of new affordable council houses for rent and for low cost home ownership. The Tory government is stopping us from doing this. Only a Labour Government will allow us to build much needed new homes and to end the use of B&B and other forms of temporary accommodation.

Parilamentary candidate welcomes Council B&B use dropping below 4%

Milton Keynes continues to face a growing homelessness crisis with a record 773 families in temporary accommodation, including over 1200 children on Friday 19 May. However the number of families...

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