Harlow Labour want Free School Meals to continue over summer

Education: Secondary / Sat 6th Jun 2020 at 08:00am

Children’s Lottery for Free School Meals this summer

WHILST the Government is aware this pandemic is having far reaching effects and has extended Furlough until October 2020, it is concerning that Free School Meal Vouchers (FSM) will stop during the summer holidays.

Supporting Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Angela Rayner’s tweet ‘kids don’t suddenly stop being hungry because it’s the summer holidays’, Cllr Frances Mason is very concerned. She said “To put this in context, in Harlow, all Key Stage 1 children, 2509 Key Stage 2 children, plus those eligible for FSM in secondary schools and college may go hungry this summer”.

“Whilst the Government has indicated local areas will be able to bid for summer holiday activities and meal clubs this, in effect, is a Children’s Lottery for free school meals this summer”.

“Across Harlow families from all economic backgrounds are facing job uncertainty, lower incomes and concerns around mounting debt”.

Council Leader Mark Ingall called on Robert Halfon MP, some weeks ago, for cross party support for free school meals to be continued for both the half term holiday and the rapidly approaching summer holiday. He said “I was pleased to note Mr Halfon’s support then for free school meals to continue through the half term holiday:and I am pleased that he has now joined with Labour’s call for them to be extended into the summer holiday too. In the fifth richest economy in the world, even in these difficult times, children should not be going hungry.

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