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Petition End child food poverty – no child should be going hungry

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

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Covid-19 has been tough on us all but Government should ensure children don’t pay the price:

- 14% of parents & 10% of children have experienced food insecurity over the last 6 months
- 32% of families have lost income as a result of Covid-19
- Demand for food banks this winter is predicted to be 61% higher than last.

With the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, I am calling for Government to allocate money to

- Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit
- Provide meals & activities during all holidays
- Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme.

These 3 recommendations must be implemented without delay to #endchildfoodpoverty.

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MPs to debate free school meals in the House of Commons

MPs will debate funding provision of free school meals over the school holidays this Wednesday 21 October in the main House of Commons Chamber. The subject of the debate has been determined by the Official Opposition.

This debate is in addition to any work the Petitions Committee choose to do on this petition. We’ll send another message about the Committee’s next steps for this petition as soon as possible.

The debate will start around 4pm, following the conclusion of the debate on fire and re-hire tactics.

Watch here this Wednesday: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/9953142c-b63e-4140-9912-db2bf9f0597e
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Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons for the discussion of subjects chosen by the opposition (non-government) parties. On Opposition days the House considers a motion that has been tabled by an opposition party, in this case the Official opposition.

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You can find out more about Opposition days here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06315/

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