Kingston upon Hull's free school meals service avoids the axe

05 March 2007 by
Kingston upon Hull's free school meals service avoids the axe

Kingston upon Hull's groundbreaking free-school meals service has won an eleventh hour reprieve, avoiding the axe for now.

However, the Liberal Democrats, who have made abolishing the service a cornerstone of their policy since taking control of the council in May 2006, could yet succeed if they win enough support in May's local elections.

Hull MP Diana Johnson, who campaigned to maintain the service along with her Hull colleagues John Prescott and Alan Johnson, welcomed the reprieve but said the battle was not yet been won.

"It is good news that enough Hull councillors regarded the public health issue of childhood obesity as important enough to allocate funding to continuing the Eat Well Do Well policy over the coming year," she said.

"However, the Lib Dems and Tories in Hull are determined to abolish the policy if they have enough votes on Hull City Council after this year's elections. This successful and groundbreaking initiative therefore remains under threat."

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