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Cuts Watch #186: Free milk saved

08 Aug 2010, by in Cuts Watch

In the early hours the BBC reported that UK Health Minister Anne Milton had written to Shona Robison (the Scottish Public Health Minister) to tell her that the government intended to abolish the Nursery Milk scheme by April 2011. The scheme, which costs £50 million a year, provides 1/3 pint of free milk for each day they spend at least 2 hours in approved day care. Ms. Milton seems to have particularly objected to the fact that the scheme provides a non-means-tested benefit as “inefficient”, and said she was considering replacing it with an increase in means-tested Healthy Start vouchers.

By mid-morning, possibly worried about the echoes of Mrs. Thatcher’s infamous decision to withdraw free school milk, Downing Street had announced that the plans were already cancelled.

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