After a stellar campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, including ‘owning’ DWP Secretary Therese Coffey this morning, the Tories have caved in to rising public outrage and have u-turned on their intention to deprive poor children of free school meals over the summer holidays. The original plan made a mockery of Tory claims that they wanted to send kids back to school because of concern over the wellbeing of vulnerable children.
The Scottish and Welsh government’s had already announced that their free meals programmes would cover the holiday period. Typically of the Tories, the parents of English children will receive only £15 a week in vouchers for their child – but the news is still a screeching, major u-turn.
More than one in three children – well over four million – in the UK are in poverty. Rashford showed what effective opposition looks like.
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