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South Lakes MP votes to extend free school meals over the school holidays

October 23, 2020 8:58 AM

Tim speaking in ParliamentLast night, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron voted for the Government to continue to directly fund the provision of free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021.

However the proposal was voted down by Conservative MPs.

Speaking during the debate Parliament, Tim said: "The holiday periods are always a difficulty - whether or not there is a pandemic - for those children from families on free school meals.

"They always need that support, and that should be something we are doing irrespective of the pandemic.

"In my constituency, 40% of the entire workforce are on furlough. The cliff edge is coming in a few days' time, when the number of people desperate for support will increase massively. Is it not therefore right that we take action today?"