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Harlow MP welcomes free school meals

Politics / Wed 18th Sep 2013 pm30 12:43pm

Conservative MP for Harlow Rocbert Halfon has welcomed news that the Government will be extending Free School Meals to disadvantaged students at Further Education Colleges.

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The MP had campaigned alongside Nic Dakin MP to get the anomaly changed which prevented students at FE colleges from receiving free school meals, despite students at sixth forms receiving them. Alongside 75 other MPs, Robert Halfon had secured a Backbench Business Debate on free school meal provision to FE students, scheduled to take place on October 10th.

Halfon said, “This is great news for students at Further Education colleges, and I am pleased that students at Harlow College will benefit from this move. The Government has listened after my long campaign with Nic Dakin and others, which included a Commons Motion and a planned Backbench Business debate supported by 75 MPs. The Government’s position has moved just weeks before the debate was due to take place. This goes to show that MPs can change Government opinion.”

Labour Parliamentary candidate for Harlow Suzy Stride, responded to the news with skepticism stating that, ‘After three years of empty words, people have come to judge the government on what they do, not what they say. This Tory lead government talk about helping families but they will have taken up to £7 billion a year of support away from children by 2015; they talk about helping with school meals after scrapping Labour’s plans to extend free meals for school kids. You can’t trust a word this coalition says.’

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