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Monday, July 1, 2013

GMB Calls On Prime Minister To Scrap Married Couples Tax Relief Plan And Spend The Money On Free School Meals For All Primary Children

If the government can afford an irrelevant tax break it should concede that the money would be better spent on the health and education of our children through introducing free school meals for all primary children says GMB.

In response to government leaks that the Prime Minister intends to introduce a £150 tax break for the UKs 7.5m married couples, GMB called on him to use the money could be better spent on free school meals for primary pupils.

GMB National Secretary Brian Strutton said, "Giving married couples an insignificant tax break would make no difference to peoples decisions about getting married or staying together and seems like a total irrelevance.

However, the same money would be enough to introduce free school meals without the stigma of means testing for all primary school children.

It is has been demonstrated in numerous reports that a good lunch improves educational and behavioural performance yet GMB school canteen staff tell GMB that many children whose families do not qualify for free school meals are turning up with 'crisps and chocolate' lunch boxes.

If the government can afford an irrelevant tax break it should concede that the money would be better spent on the health and education of our children through introducing free school meals for all primary children."

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Contact: Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services on 07860 606722 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880.

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