An estimated 6,144 schoolchildren in Tower Hamlets will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto. The Liberal Democrats originally introduced free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 while the party was in government. Theresa May now plans to scrap them.
The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child. The Conservatives are also proposing to make older people pay for social care costs from the value of their own homes when they die. This means on average, families in Tower Hamlets would expect to see 77.5% of the value of their home spent on care costs.
Poplar and Limehouse Liberal Democrat candidate, Elaine Bagshaw, commented: "This Conservative manifesto shows the nasty party is back and is nastier than ever. Theresa May is snatching meals away from thousands of children in Tower Hamlets, while the elderly receiving care in their own home will face a ‘Personal Death Tax’ charged against their home.
“This is on top of the average family’s grocery bill already rising by £500 a year due to the drop in the sterling and wage freezes, because of business uncertainty around Brexit,” Bagshaw adds. “How much more do the Conservatives think the average working family’s budget can take, especially here in Tower Hamlets where child poverty is already the highest in the country?
"The Liberal Democrats will offer a brighter future by extending free school meals to all primary schools. If elected, I will stand up to Theresa May’s cold, mean-spirited Britain, protecting those that need the most help and fighting for more funding for our schools and hospitals."