Council Should Act on Free School Meals


Calderdale Liberal Democrats are pressing the Council to provide free school meals during the upcoming school holidays for those entitled to them.

Cllr Ashley Evans (Liberal Democrat, Warley) told us: “The government won’t take action on this matter, so it is even more important that the Council does. We have all seen the campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford on this issue and we need to show our support not just in words, but by taking action.”

“Those children who are entitled to free school meals get them only during term time and what happens during school holidays a real concern. Many parents will be facing reduced income and redundancy, so anything the Council can do to help will be of real benefit to those most in need.”

“Liverpool and Doncaster councils have already taken action on this matter, and I expect them to be joined by other councils in the near future” said Cllr Evans.

“I know the Council’s finances are tight, but the Council should take action on this matter. If it can’t do it all itself, the Council could work with local schools and businesses to provide some help to those who need it. The half-term holiday is almost upon us, but no one knows how long the current situation will last. Christmas is not that far away, then another half term and Easter”

“I will be contacting the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, and the Director of Children and Young People’s Services urging them to take action on this pressing issue” said Cllr Evans.

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