Marcus Rashford forces United Kingdom government into u-turn over free school meals

Marcus Rashford forces United Kingdom government into u-turn over free school meals”

The government is extending its free school meal voucher scheme through a £120m Summer Food Fund, Downing Street said, following a campaign by Marcus Rashford.

The government had previously insisted it would not award vouchers outside term time.

So what do people there make of his success?

When Ryan Stewart, a 34-year-old supermarket manager, heard about the government U-turn over free school meals for the poorest families this summer, he felt a mixture of emotions - but mainly relief.

Following a campaign that saw the subject trend on twitter in England over the last few days, several MP's have welcomed the government's decision.

"Thanks to Marcus Rashford for highlighting the importance of this support for families".

"Marcus has stood up for those who need it, . Making the whole country proud!"

"I know lots of head teachers who are so anxious about their children who are on free school meals, their poorest children, who have lost out the most during this crisis", Sir Michael told Newsnight.

"He always had a ball with him".

However the scheme run by French company Edenred was plagued with problems as schools struggled to access the system and families were left without vouchers for weeks.

"He is a great credit to the area with everything he has done".

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The article follows an open letter Rashford wrote to MPs, which has drawn huge support from across the political spectrum - including from inside Johnson's Conservative party.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey replied saying: "Water can not be disconnected though" and was roundly criticized for such a tone-deaf response.

The footballer lived in the semi-detached home from 2006.

"I and this government will continue to actively help and support families and businesses through this emergency and beyond", she said in a tweet.

"He is a credit to the country". He is a true inspiration who has used his position to make a real difference.

"There is a lot of poverty in this area and we have been so anxious - it is heartbreaking to see children hungry". It is going to add those extra few meals in the cupboard that wouldn't normally be there.

Morgan said she "shouldn't be in government" and that her tweet was "utterly staggering". The club even took him into their training and schooling scheme a year early, after his mother asked them too, as he wasn't likely to get the right diet at home. "Yes, he's a good footballer and he's playing for England, but he's also an inspiration in how he lives his life", she said.

The 22-year-old penned an open letter this week asking the Government to reverse its decision to cease the scheme - for which almost 1.3 million children are eligible - outside of school term time.

She said some families faced further financial strains with unemployment or reduction in working hours as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former education secretary Justine Greening also backed the footballer's demands.

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