Free School Meals: Summer Holidays

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:36 pm on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood 4:36 pm, 16th June 2020

They always have been that. I was not aware of those numbers, but I am now.

For many years—from the Front Bench when I was on it, and now from the Back Benches—I have highlighted the ever increasing food poverty crisis that my constituents have been enduring, driven by savage cuts in public spending and support for families. The nature of the job market, which is dominated by insecure work, low pay, short-hours and zero-hours contracts, has been one of the drivers of increasing food poverty, but it has been made much worse by the covid crisis.