Is the government cutting school meal vouchers for ALL deprived kids?

No square meals: vulnerable children will be forced to go hungry during the school holidays because the stingy Tory government wants them to starve.

School meal vouchers for deprived children in at least one council area are being stopped – because it’s half term.

Isn’t that typically short-sighted of the Conservative government (Westminster funds the scheme)?

The coronavirus crisis means more people than ever are short of cash, and this will only tip the most vulnerable even further into poverty.

This is a decision to starve children – and for no reason at all.

Here’s the Liverpool Echo:

Children in one of Britain’s most deprived boroughs will have to go without free school meals over half term.

Knowsley Council said it was unable to extend its voucher system over the break as the government would not fund the scheme outside term time.

Cllr Jayne Aston, the borough’s finance chief, said: “Despite our best efforts, and those of other organisations, we have been unable to persuade the government to recognise the challenge many families are facing and fund the vouchers over the school half term break.”

Although the government agreed to fund free school meals during the Easter holidays, it has so far refused to extend provision into either half term or the summer break.

How many children in other council areas will be affected by this?

And how much harm will the Tories cause by making them starve?

Source: Government won’t fund school meal vouchers for deprived kids over half term – Liverpool Echo

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One Thought to “Is the government cutting school meal vouchers for ALL deprived kids?”

  1. Shell

    The only children who are usually entitled to free school meals are those whose parents are on full benefits. They are also those who’s “income” has not been affected in anyway during this pandemic so why should the free school meals be extended during school holidays when they aren’t in a normal situation?
    What about those who have been furloughed so are in a financial defecit? They are still entitled to NOTHING to help close the gap when it comes to feeding their children, some of whom will now be struggling to make ends meet as still have to pay their own rent/mortgage, council tax and bills!

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