Extend Free School Meals into Holiday Season

Sandwell Lib Dem Chair, Bob Smith and the local Liberal Democrats are demanding extra support for children living in poverty. In Sandwell, 12,198 children are at risk of going hungry and eligible for free school meals. Over 7,000 of these are at nursery or primary schools. We have launched a petition to try and persuade the government to make another u-turn on this issue. Extend Free School Meals in the Holiday Season

After a high-profile campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford, the Government provided food vouchers for the poorest families through the summer holidays. But in October, Conservative MPs voted against extending free school meals to future holidays. The Lib Dems are fighting to ensure every child living in poverty has access to free school meals in holidays and periods of lockdown.

Responding to the Prime Minister's claim that the Conservative Government will "do everything in our power to make sure no child goes hungry this winter during the holidays", Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: 

"Boris Johnson's claim does not ring true given his hard-hearted refusal to u-turn on free school meals. 

"The idea that other measures will make up for the lack of provision just won't wash - people know the real struggles that families are enduring. That is why so many communities and businesses have stepped in to provide support while this callous Government stands by. 

"The Liberal Democrats want to see a firm commitment from the Conservatives not only to extending free school meals through holiday periods, but also expanding eligibility to ensure any child from a family receiving universal credit can access this lifeline."

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