Government U-turns after refusing to fund school meals over summer

PUBLISHED: 13:18 16 June 2020 | UPDATED: 18:31 16 June 2020

Union flag bunting in front of No 10 Downing street. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA.

Union flag bunting in front of No 10 Downing street. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA.

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The government has U-turned on its refusal to fund school lunches over the summer and has now set up a “Covid summer school fund” to pay for the initiative.

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Downing Street recently announced that it would set up a fund to support hungry children during the summer after a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.

Those eligible will get free school means in England for up to six weeks.

Prime minister Boris Johnson thanked the Manchester United player for his “contribution to the debate around poverty.”

Rashford has used his profile to request the government extend its free meals voucher scheme for disadvantaged children across the summer holidays.

The England forward has been vocal on Twitter about the cause, drawing in criticisms from some Tory ministers.

Johnson was facing a Tory rebellion over the issue with hardliners saying the government has given local authorities enough funds to helps families unable to afford the essentials.

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