Matt Hancock defends refusal to climb down on free school meals
Councils dispute minister’s claim they have had ‘huge amount of extra investment’
That moment when the Secretary of State for Health refuses to back the bare minimum of one free meal a day in school holidays for children at risk of malnutrition and starvation 😔
"They’re now trying to retrofit a previous payment to get themselves out of a hole”: councils not happy with ministerial suggestions THAT long ago-spent £63m hardship fund was earmarked for holiday meals for struggling families
File under Parallel Universe “Matt Hancock has said the government does not need to extend free school meals beyond term times in England because local councils have been funded to support disadvantaged children instead.”
There seems to be a pattern here: send Hancock out to defend the policy, then reverse it.
You can always trust Hatt Mancock to stumble into this at the wrong time