Free School Meals: Summer Holidays

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:25 pm on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford 5:25 pm, 16th June 2020

I will not give way now.

We believe in assisting families hit hard by the virus not just over the summer, but throughout the entirety of this outbreak. Assistance has been given for children to stay well nourished, and various schemes have and will be implemented. These schemes will provide for children, and ensure that a safety net exists.

Most importantly of all, we have financially been there for people during this outbreak. This Government have not shirked responsibility when it came to giving people in work a helping hand and assisting those who are not in work. This is all going to have to be paid back at some stage, and it is going to hurt, but it is right that we step up to our responsibilities during this dreadful time.