In spite of this heartless Tory government the Lib Dems are fully committed to ensuring no child who receives Free School Meals in B&NES will go hungry.
This week, Conservative MPs voted to deprive the most vulnerable children in society from free school meals throughout the Christmas holidays. North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was among those who rejected the calls.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought new focus on the issue of child hunger, but this is a not a new problem. The absence of any support equivalent to free school meals in the holidays is a long-overlooked problem. Now families have the added worry of how they will access school meals during lockdowns too.
The Lib Dems have joined Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford in calling for more help to end child hunger.
Councillor Kevin Guy, B&NES Cabinet member for Children’s Services said:
“I am appalled at the Government’s recent decision not to extend the free school meal provision for the upcoming holidays.”
“Our North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg has shown a complete lack of sympathy for the most vulnerable people in our towns and villages and it’s a total disgrace.”
“In B&NES we have more than 4,000 children who are eligible to receive free school meals and I am working with my cabinet colleagues and local charities on how we might be able to provide the funding for these children up to the Easter holidays next year.”
“All options will be explored to ensure no child in B&NES goes hungry over the holiday periods.”
“The Tories clearly do not care if vulnerable children spend Christmas hungry. In B&NES the Lib Dems will ensure that no children are failed on our watch.”
B&NES has 4,000 children on free school meals. One of our MPs voted to continue providing free meals to these children during term breaks. The other voted not to. #EndChildFoodPoverty pic.twitter.com/F5TCa3qPKi— BathNES Lib Dems 🔶 (@bathnesld) October 23, 2020
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