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School Meals

“Boris Johnson has defended his refusal to extend free school meals for children in England over the half-term holiday, saying he was “very proud” of the government’s support so far”. (School meals: Boris Johnson refuses to move on school meal vouchers, 2020)

Boris Johnson and the UK government extended free school meals to eligible children during the Easter holidays, as well as the summer holiday, but simply refuses to continue the scheme through the Winter when children require the most support. While he did refuse the extension, Boris Johnson apparently doesn’t want to see children going hungry. Pressure has risen on him and his team to rethink the issue, while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already introduced food voucher schemes.

Many people who received the support and vouchers before have called it an “absolute lifeline” for their families, especially towards the families who are at a significant disadvantage with disabilities. Some parents forego their own meals so their children can eat.

Many people can also side with the government, however, as resources have significantly depleted thanks to the coronavirus. The UK government are running low and simply cannot afford to provide said support. On the other hand, is this a question on the economics? or the morals?

Some say that if children can no longer have free school meals, then the MPs must also have their lunch subsidiaries taken away as well.


BBC News. 2020. School Meals: Boris Johnson Refuses To Move On School Meal Vouchers. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 26 October 2020].

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