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16 Jun 2020

Government U-turn on school meal vouchers in England over summer

North of England Correspondent

Free school meal vouchers will now be made available to England’s poorest families through the summer holidays, after a U-turn by the government.

Scotland and Wales will also continue with their voucher schemes.

The government had come under mounting pressure to change tack after a campaign led by the footballer Marcus Rashford.

He said he’d just provided a platform for the voices of vulnerable parents all over the country and told MPs he was grateful these families now had one less thing to worry about.