There has been controversy over children being fed during the school holidays. COVID19 has prevented people from attending their regular jobs. This in return has brought the country to its knees. Leaving many families without the necessities of life ‘food’.
Manchester Footballer Marcus Rashford started the campaign free school meals should be extended through half-terms and holidays until the end of the coronavirus pandemic for the 1.4 million pupils in England who receive them in term time.
But Boris Johnson on his visit to Reading today remained firm in saying that ‘Councils’ could provide food out of their budget. Mr. Johnson said: “We don’t want to see children going hungry this winter, this Christmas, certainly not as a result of any inattention by this government – and you are not going to see that.” However, reports coming in from councils said that they would be using a fund that has already run out.
There has been an outcry from MPs for Boris to ‘turn things around’ And in ‘Boris style’ refuses to bend. The hope is that he ‘see sense’ and provide provisions for children needing lunches during the school holidays.
Reading Conservative Alok Sharma Reading West voted against free school meals in Parliament today. However, and Matt Rodda Reading East voted for ‘Free meals.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen declaring that the government was “wrong” and should reverse its decision not to fund holiday-time meals.
Backbencher George Freeman said that ‘free school meals should be extended through the October half-term and Christmas break’.
The Labour’s shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “Warm words from Boris Johnson will do nothing for the over 1.4 million children at risk of going hungry this half term that he and his MPs refused to help last week.”
The Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Daisy Cooper said: “Boris Johnson's claim does not ring true given his hard-hearted refusal to U-turn on free school meals.
People disagreed with Conservative MP has been banned from a shop for life after he voted against free school meals. David Morris, the MP for Morecambe, and Lunesdale in Lancashire is barred from the Runners Centre on Kings Arcade in Lancaster,
No Child will go hungry in Reading this half term in Reading says Reading Borough Council
Families in difficulty should call the One Reading Community Hub on 0808 1894325.
The One Reading Community Hub is a partnership between Reading Borough Council and voluntary sector organisations in Reading. The Hub is working with work with Brighter Futures for Children, the Council’s children’s services provider, to help families in need across the Borough this half term. Brighter futures are available
New Beginnings offer meals and food parcels.