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LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL SCHOOL MEALS SCAREMONGERING

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Liverpool city council's education officers have denied that they plan to reduce portions of school dinners to save...
Liverpool city council's education officers have denied that they plan to reduce portions of school dinners to save money.

Neville Bann, chair of the city's education committee told BBC Radio Four's Today programme:

'The interpretation that we are going to cut the meals for pupils on free school dinners is a ridiculous suggestion, it's misleading and it's highly mischievous'.

Cutting the schools meals budget is only one of the options put to the committee, Mr Bann said. The committee would consider many other ways of making the £25m savings before it looked at school meals cuts, he told the programme.

The Guardian (p1) reports that the council had been accused of employing workhouse-style practices after reports that officers had suggested that school dinner portions could be cut by 10% to save money.

Cllr Bann told the paper:

'I want to stress that none of the options (to reduce the budget) include offering smaller portions to those pupils who receive free meals as opposed to those who pay for meals,' he said.

'Such claims are, at best, a misunderstanding of the position or, at worst, malicious scaremongering.'

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