Labour is calling for a transformation in support for families as the Government’s decision not to extend free school meals over February half-term leaves 1.4 million children facing a five-day postcode lottery in food support.
Labour is calling on the Government to put families first during this latest lockdown by:
- extending free school meals across all school holidays this year and establishing a cash transfers system to ensure families receive the full value of support;
- stopping the planned cut to universal credit, which could push a further 200,000 children into poverty;
- backing local councils with funding to prevent the planned rise in council tax;
- giving key workers the pay rise they deserve.
Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“A decade of Conservative Government had eroded families’ safety nets with poverty rates rising even before the pandemic.
“The last year has shone a light on the impacts of poverty on health, wellbeing and learning. As we rebuild after this pandemic, we must deliver a transformation in support for families, starting with cancelling the planned cut to Universal Credit and guaranteeing provision of free school meals across all school holidays this year.”
Read Labour’s full press release here.