Britain undertakes child hunger campaign for a U-turn, back football star

LONDON (AP) – The British government has made another abrupt act about Faces and she now says it will provide free meals to underprivileged children in England over the upcoming holiday, a hugely popular child hunger campaign by football star Marcus Rashford. Has been done after.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the 23-year-old Manchester United striker after his team’s Premier League victory over Everton on Saturday to spend £ 170 million ($ 220 million) in additional funds to support needy families. To be informed about the decision of the government. coming year.

“Today after the game, I had a good conversation with the Prime Minister to better understand the proposed scheme, and I very much welcome the steps taken to tackle child food poverty in the UK.” His petition demanding payment for free school meals for underprivileged students during the holidays was signed by the Conservative government over 10 lakh.

Money will be handed over to local authorities by December to support families over Christmas, many of whom are experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronovirus epidemic.

Rashford, who has talked about his own childhood experiences of relying on school food and food banks, said the steps taken would improve the lives of around 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months, “and It can only be observed. “

Rashford said he is “very proud” of those who supported his campaign against child hunger and that he was “overwhelmed by the spread of sympathy and understanding.”

This is the second time this year that Rashford has forced the government to change its policies. It was initially agreed to keep funding meals for poor students after the holidays in the summer of June.

The new money will pay for the COVID Winter Grant scheme to support families over Christmas, while the Holiday Activities and Food Program will be extended to cover Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021.

As part of the package, Healthy Start Payments, which help pregnant mothers and low-income people with young children buy fresh fruits and vegetables, increased from 3.10 pounds to 4.25 pounds in the week starting April 2018 ( $ 3.61 to $ 4.94).

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said, “We want to make sure that vulnerable people should be cared for in this difficult time and, above all, no one should starve or be unable to pay their bills.”

The new money comes a month after the Conservative government foiled a proposal by the opposition Labor Party to extend free school meals.

Labour’s education spokesman Kate Green accused the government of waiting until school leave after the fall of October to make an announcement and creating “unnecessary and avoidable hardship” for families across the country.

Businesses and local governments stepped into the breach following the government’s failure to provide free school meals in October.

England children’s commissioner Anne Longfield on Sunday welcomed the government’s announcement, but called for a “go ahead” with benefit payments.

“When schools are closed and a growing number of children in poverty need a long-term solution, hunger does not take leave,” she said.

Anna Taylor, executive director of the Food Foundation thinktank, also welcomed the government’s change of heart, saying it was a big win for underprivileged children. But it said the government needed to help 1.7 million poor students who go out for free school lunch as the qualifying income is very low.

“Children’s food poverty will not go away like an epidemic, unless we have a sustainable solution,” she said.


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