Liberal Democrats regularly talk about the need for accountability and transparency.
So I thought it fair to ask where is the transparency in the decision making behind the Universal Infant Free School Meal policy. Where is the accountability on its implementation?
I have little doubt on the first day of next term, we will see Nick Clegg grinning inanely in some flagship school, with a nice shiny kitchen and large hall. He will glory in telling the assembled media how their policy is saving hardworking parents £440. What we won’t see are politicians in the many schools who will have “teething problems” we won’t see them helping out as untested systems fail and children inevitably go hungry.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that for many schools, expanding their service to include all infants won’t be too difficult and that some just need a prod and guidance towards best practice…
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