Boris’ free meal failure is a Dickensian scandal – Voice of the Mirror – Voice of the Mirror

The deplorable disregard for food guru Henry Dimbleby’s plea for free school meals for all children in Universal Credit homes is dividing the poor

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Free school meals are vital for many children

Welcome to Dickensian Britain, where hundreds of thousands of children are starving because the government cannot bother to ensure they are properly fed.

If they were the children of Tory ministers and MPs, it would be a fair bet that Boris Johnson would pull out all the stops to fill their stomachs.

But these are the sons and daughters of low-paid adults falling through holes in the welfare state — so the establishment ignores their plight and finds excuses to starve them.

The deplorable failure to heed food guru Henry Dimbleby’s plea to give free school meals to all children in Universal Credit homes will divide the poor between the fed and the starved.

As a result, the widely acclaimed Tory White Paper on Food Strategy must be rewritten or the scars of this crushing poverty will taint many of our youth for the rest of their lives.

This scandal shows that the government doesn’t care about every child – and that’s a damning indictment of the Tories and a Prime Minister who only cares about his own well-being.

Show that you care

Caregivers are too often unsung heroes with a minimum wage clearly worth £15 an hour.

That so many are struggling at or near the £9.50 minimum wage explains why our country is short of over 100,000 workers.

And when so many low-paid, dedicated caregivers are quitting essential jobs because high fuel costs mean they can’t even pay for a viable hunger, we either give them what they’re worth or the vulnerable will suffer.

Caregivers deserve a raise. Britain deserves a raise. The Tories’ low-wage economy and falling living standards are hurting us all.

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