Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Northamptonshire County Council, Brendan Glynane, has welcomed the announcement that his party has secured funding for free school meals for all children of infant school age.
He said: “This is a huge success by Nick Clegg and his team in government. Studies, pilots and the example of other countries have shown us repeatedly that universal free school meals at a young age greatly boosts attainment across the board. It also ensures that all children, irrelevant of their situation at home, get a hot, nutritious meal once a day.”
He said the policy continues the Liberal Democrats’ record of delivering a better start for children across the UK since entering government, despite the financial situation.
Cllr Glynane said his party has delivered billions of pounds of extra funding into early years education through the pupil premium.
He added: “As well as making sure that all children have the best chance in life, and a fair start, this policy will save parents up to £400 per year per child.
“For many parents, that extra money could be a lifeline in tough times. I am so proud that the Liberal Democrats in government are continuing to build a fairer society, even as the party takes a central role in rebuilding the wrecked economy this government inherited.”