Communities Minister Brandon Lewis says pub lunches for school children could save the industry
Communities Minister says pubs should double up as cinemas and libraries to become more valuable to local people
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Schoolchildren should be given pub lunches in a move that could save the beleaguered industry and ensure pupils receive healthy and nutritious meals at lunch-time, a minister has claimed.
Communities minister Brandon Lewis said that organising school trips to pubs at lunchtime could offer solutions to both problems.
Speaking in Rotherham, Mr Lewis claimed said: "If they've got children at lunchtime, going to school and having a good meal, the parents are going to view that pub in a positive way."
Mr Lewis said that pubs needed to expand the activities that they offered to local people if they were going to survive in the future.
He suggested pubs doubling up as cinemas, stores and even libraries play a bigger role in the community.
He said: "It's playing its part in the community and they might go back for Sunday lunch, and that makes the pub more sustainable.”
Mr Lewis said that he met people on a daily basis that “lamented the loss of their local pub” and he wanted to ensure that they stayed a focal point of the local community.
He said that if local communities aren’t “using them”, they run the risk of “losing them".
Lewis' suggestions come a few months before the Free School Meal scheme for children in reception and years one and two.
Head teachers have raised fears as to whether school kitchens will be able to cope with the scheme brought in by the Coalition Government last year.
Nevertheless, ministers insist that enough support and funding is in place to ensure the scheme can will be implemented without any problems.
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
UK weather: Warning for more snow and ice as freezing temperatures and gales hit Britain
UK weather: Travel chaos continues as King's Cross train delays add to snow on roads
The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
North Korea calls Barack Obama 'a monkey' in latest attack as 'The Interview' row festers
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...