Boris Johnson has defended a decision not to continue the free school meals voucher programme to disadvantaged children over the summer holidays.
Labour leader Keir Starmer urged Boris Johnson to reverse the decision at Prime Minister’s Question but Boris Johnson declined and he stated that the £63 million local welfare fund will go to councils to use as they wish.
And Boris Johnson further said that his government had put its arms around people in its crisis and had done its best to accommodate and Downing Street said the scheme will stop before the six-week summer break begins after next month.
A Labour analysis shows the cost of extending the voucher scheme to be around £115 million but charities have asked for the scheme to be extended as parents strive to cope with the fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister and Keir Starmer argued over schools in the Commons and the Labour leader attacked Boris Johnson of neglecting to strengthen the morale of teachers and parents in sending children back to school.
However, Boris Johnson attacked the Labour leader of siding with left-wing trade unions to prevent children from returning to school but Keir Starmer maintained he wants as many children to go back to school as quickly as possible when it’s safe.
Boris Johnson said that they don’t usually continue with free school meals over the summer holidays but that they were also cognizant of the particular difficulties encountered by vulnerable families and that’s why they were announcing a further £63 million of local welfare assistance to be used by local authorities at their discretion to support the most vulnerable families.
The £15 a week vouchers are available to use in local supermarkets by parents whose children normally get free school lunches. The vouchers have been used since mid-March while schools were shut during the coronavirus lockdown.
There was pressure from teaching unions and charities, the Department for Education to extend funding over the Easter holiday and May half term to support hard-pressed families cope with lost earnings during the pandemic but Downing Street has now announced that the scheme will come to an end when the summer holidays start at the end of July, but children don’t suddenly stop being hungry just because it’s the summer holidays.
First, we had Margaret Thatcher the milk snatcher, now we have Boris Johnson who’s punishing the poor yet again and UK politics is not fit for the present day and it’s just a nefarious abuse that frolics as a democracy when in actual fact it’s an elected dictatorship.
There are so many rules that can be bent within government like running out of time to hear bills read, questions raised, delaying tactics and proroguing, added to the fact that politicians don’t care anymore.
Most of them have no decorum, no regard. Never listen, don’t quit when they screw up and are permitted to select anybody unelected to master the real agenda.
On top of this, the oracles generally lie and seem to be controlled and run by the Tories, and either mutes or distort any arguments against their propaganda and it’s permitted to openly denigrate and defeat rivals to their way of thinking and none of this is remotely democratic.
And the BBC is a foul, mocking, immoral doofus station who condescend 24/7 and are absolutely ineffective against our shameful government and Boris Johnson is living testimony of this and Britain is the sewer it is because we the electors enable it to be.
And we seem to forget that there are numerous families slipping through the cracks in an already inadequate system and Boris Johnson has wasted billions, yet refuses to invest in the basics like making sure that vulnerable children are properly nourished.
Investing in the health of children is far too important an issue to be left to the parents alone. Therefore this government has a duty to step in, sadly, Boris Johnson doesn’t know the definition of duty.
Boris Johnson and his government represent a total travesty and he and his inept cabinet will go down in history as the ones who made the worst decisions for our country. Constantly acting too late or too early.
Always putting wealth before health and happy to use the youngest of our population like guinea pigs, putting the elderly and vulnerable last and myself I would sooner see children fed than go hungry but then only a Tory would see nothing amiss with this.
But I fear that the Prime Minister’s charity doesn’t stretch that far, even for his many children or the children of those encountering grave financial difficulties throughout this crisis and as for taxpayer’s money, he appears to have no difficulty splashing the cash on his Tory familiars, giving out contracts left, right and centre.