Source: Labour List UK
The government has voted down – by a majority of 61 – a motion put forward by the Labour Party calling on the Conservatives to extend free school meals over the holidays up to and including the Easter break next year.
Following an opposition day debate in the Commons this evening, the government declined to support the proposal that would have seen the same level of support afforded to families as was provided over the summer break.
Closing the discussion tonight, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey claimed that the government was trying to “make sure we continue to put the vulnerable first” but also said that “work is the best way out of poverty”.
Addressing the House today, Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green told government ministers today: “Child poverty is a pandemic of its own. It is a pandemic that reflects the great evils still haunting our society.
“A society blighted by wages that are not enough for working families to make ends meet, a housing crisis that creates insecurity, and a social security system cut to ribbons by the party opposite.