Ryan Bourne appears on BBC Newcastle
In the interview, Ryan argues against the policy. Given that the government are already borrowing over £100 billion, it is extraordinary that such a scheme has taken priority. The £600 million used to provide free school meals is in essence, a benefit for the middle class and when budgets are being squeezed, this allocation of public funds makes little sense.
Ryan also makes the point that in order to justify such a scheme, there needs to be robust evidence that it offers substantial improvements to the outcomes of school children. This has not been the case however.
You can listen to the programme in full here. Ryan’s segment begins at 02:10:05.