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School meals row no u-turn

School meals row no u-turn

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School meals row no u-turn – other ways to tackle it

Boris Johnson has doubled down on his refusal to extend free school meals for children at risk of going hungry in England.  This is over the half-term holiday.

On a visit to a hospital in Reading the Prime Minister acknowledged that it is an issue but said there are other ways of tackling it.

Boris said the government was “going to make sure that we have no children” go hungry this winter. PM added not “as a result of any government inattention”.

Pressure has risen on the PM, including from his own MPs, to rethink the issue.

Mr Johnson also said he had not spoken to footballer Marcus Rashford. The footballer has led a high-profile campaign to extend free school meals into the holidays – since the summer.

The UK government extended free school meals to eligible children during the Easter holidays earlier this year. It happened after Rashford’s campaigning did the same for the summer holiday..

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already introduced food voucher schemes.

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