Marcus Rashford welcomes government U-turn on free school meals campaign

By: Reuters |

November 8, 2020 5:36:02 pm

Marcus Rashford performs for Manchester United. (Source: Reuters)

Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford mentioned he was overwhelmed by delight after the British government swung to help his name to supply free meals to susceptible youngsters throughout the winter holidays.

Rashford has campaigned for meals vouchers throughout school holidays for kids who usually obtain free meals throughout time period time if their mother and father obtain welfare help.

Parliament final month rejected a Labour Party movement to increase free school meals till Easter 2021 from the cut-off earlier than the half-term and winter holidays.

Rashford mentioned he spoke to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday and was briefed in regards to the government’s plans to supply 170 million kilos ($220 million) of additional funding to the campaign.

“There is still so much more to do, and my immediate concern is the approximate 1.7 million children who miss out on free school meals… because their family income isn’t quite low enough,” the 23-year-old mentioned in a press release to British media.

“But the intent the Government have proven at this time is nothing however optimistic and they need to be recognised for that.

“The steps made will improve the lives of near 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months, and that can only be celebrated.”

Rashford, who was awarded an MBE for his work in serving to susceptible youngsters throughout the COVID-19 disaster, first pressured a government U-turn in July when he received his battle to make sure free meals throughout school the summer time holidays.

He then proposed extending the campaign for households receiving monetary help from the government.

“As a collective we are so powerful and we all have a role to play in this. I’m overwhelmed with pride that we have made such significant progress. We will not give up on our children,” Rashford added.

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