26 October 2020 – today’s press release

PM’s claim “does not ring true” given Government stance on free school meals

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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3 Comments

  • Typical Tories
    Starve a Kid to save a Quid
    Not sure why we are so surprised.
    Seems like they have not changed from the day’s of Thatcher Thatcher Milk Snatcher.

  • Gerald Stewart 27th Oct '20 - 12:14am

    More and more and more?

  • Johnson’s latest ‘offering’ to the BBC was claiming that the £63m local council fund should be used by local authorities to pay for the poorest children to have meals over half-term…

    Sadly, the BBC neglected to point out that the government’s own guidance on the money, which was provided on 10 July, said: “The government anticipates that most of the funding will be spent within 12 weeks.”

    BTW…As I’ve said before the BBC’s record of asking ‘telling questions’ of the PM and his ministers is shameful…I only watch the BBC 6pm news to contrast it with the in-depth coverage of the Ch.4 news at 7pm..

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