15 October 2020 – the overnight press release

Government must follow Wales and guarantee free schools meals over holidays

Responding to the announcement that the Welsh Government has guaranteed free school meal provision for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021, thanks to £11m confirmed today by Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

This decision by Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams is wonderful news and will really ease the worries of thousands of parents in Wales as they look ahead to the uncertainty of the next six months.

It is essential that Conservative Ministers in Westminster follow the Liberal Democrats lead in Wales, and agree to extend free school meals to holidays in England. It would be simply unforgivable to let children go hungry this winter.

We know that giving school children a hot, healthy meal at lunchtime greatly improves their health, behaviour and results. What we don’t know is why the Conservatives continue to callously refuse to give children who receive free school meals, the same hot, healthy meal in the school holidays.

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2 Comments

  • Quick question.Do the people of Wales and indeed the UK know she is a Lib Dem? I say that cost voters must know we are active and successfully running things. One way of getting noticed is to bang our own drum in all media.

  • As a party we seem to have a defeatist attitude to our position (6%) in the polls. This is a clarion call to ‘get our finger out’ and change the narrative. We must develop a positive ‘gung ho ‘ behaviour stance .With the Tories being all over the place due to the Covid fiasco we should be finding ways to find votes in Tory seats. .

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