Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has demanded the government give families the support they need while schools and colleges are closed to most pupils.
This follows news that the government will not be providing Free School Meals funding during February half-term, leaving over 3,000 children in the Denton and Reddish constituency at risk of going hungry.
Labour is calling on the government to guarantee that all eligible children receive the full value of free school meals during this school year, including during all holidays. To enable this, the government should set-up cash payments so parents can choose the spend the £15 free school meal funding on the food and supplies that are right for their children.
Children’s education is being further put at risk by the government’s failure to provide the laptops and digital access needed for remote learning. Two weeks into lockdown, over 79,000 of the government’s promised laptops still have not been delivered to children across the North West.
Labour will call a vote in Parliament to ask the government to guarantee that all eligible children are getting the full value of free school meals support, including during school holidays, and have the digital access they need to learn remotely.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“During the pandemic, the Government has consistently let children down.
“During this third national lockdown, it is simply unacceptable to cut free school meals support or to leave children without the equipment that they need to learn remotely.
“Labour’s proposals today deal with both of these issues, and I would urge all MPs to put aside party politics and vote for them.”