Johnson U-turn on summer school dinners
Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that the government will provide a fund for families that will be struggling during the summer holidays, in effect replicating the school diners system that the children would be entitled to during term time.
Boris Johnson originally announced that the school food vouchers were not going to be available over the summer holidays. This prompted the 22-year-old Manchester United footballer Marcus Rachford to take up the cause and lobby the government to reverse this decision.
The government announced after facing challenges from parliament that it would be providing the school food vouchers throughout the summer and is estimated to cost around £120 million pounds.
The spokesman said that “Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister fully understands that children and parents face an entirely unprecedented situation over the summer. To reflect this we will be providing a COVID summer food fund,”