Source: Labour List UK
Anneliese Dodds has called on the Chancellor to “come clean” about his role in the government’s refusal to extend free school meals over the school holidays after it was reported that his department blocked the move.
The Shadow Chancellor has made the demand in a letter to her government counterpart today after reports emerged over the weekend that Rishi Sunak had blocked the £22m per week needed for the free school meals extension.
Calling on the government to U-turn on the issue, Dodds has asked the Chancellor to clarify whether he played a role after sources close to Sunak said the Treasury was never asked for the funding.
Dodds said: “It’s unbelievable that this government would refuse to provide food to the country’s poorest children at the height of the pandemic. And now ministers are engaged in a desperate blame game rather than admitting they got this wrong and putting it right.
“The Chancellor should come clean about his role in this whole sorry affair. Parents wondering how they’re going to feed their children during the school holidays have a right to know.”