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Council agree meal support for most vulnerable school children, after Government fails to agree funding

Release Date: 23 October 2020

Following the Government announcement that they will not be extending a school meal voucher scheme, Richmond Council is developing a COVID-19 half term food support package for vulnerable children, meaning that children from the borough’s lowest income families don’t go hungry over the schools’ break.

This scheme has now closed.

Earlier this week, MPs voted against a proposal to make free school meals available outside term time for the next six months.

With half-term about to commence, Achieving for Children (AfC) will run a food voucher scheme to address the pressing issue of local hard-pressed and vulnerable families in the borough not being able to cover the cost of meals during the school holiday.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the AfC website

Cllr Robin Brown, Finance and Resources Lead Member for Richmond Council, said:

“In these unprecedented times, I am very concerned to be doing all we can to help lower income families and their children who are really struggling due to the impact of the virus.

“It beggars belief that the Government have failed to address this issue.

“Yet again hard-pressed local authorities are coming to the rescue. We have happily set aside the funding that’s needed to ensure children from some of our poorest families don’t go hungry this half term, and we will also look to extend the scheme over the Christmas period.”

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Reference: P420/20

Updated: 24 March 2021