2020-10-22 17:32

Conservative MP quits government job over free school meals BWc世界播



A Tory MP has quit her government job after voting for a Labour motion to offer free school meals during holidays until Easter 2021. BWc世界播


Caroline Ansell said vouchers were not a long-term solution - but they helped families struggling with the pandemic. BWc世界播

卡罗琳·安塞尔(Caroline Ansell)表示,代金券不是长期的解决方案-但它们帮助了与大流行作斗争的家庭。BWc世界播

Footballer Marcus Rashford, who is leading a campaign on child hunger, urged MPs to "unite" and stop being influenced by "political affiliation". BWc世界播

足球运动员马库斯·拉什福德(Marcus Rashford)正在领导一场关于儿童饥饿的运动,他敦促议员们“团结起来”,不要再受“政治派别”的影响。BWc世界播

On Wednesday evening, MPs rejected the Labour motion by 322 votes to 261. BWc世界播


Home Office Minister Kit Malthouse insisted the government was helping low-income families through the welfare system. BWc世界播


He said the government had raised Universal Credit by 20 a week, adjusted housing benefit to help people with their rent and given 63m to councils to help with hardship funding. BWc世界播

他说,政府已经将Universal Credit每周提高了20 GB,调整了住房福利以帮助人们支付租金,并向议会提供了6300万GB的资金,以帮助支付困难资金。BWc世界播

He acknowledged the decision on free school meals was "a tough one" and praised Mr Rashford for his campaign to tackle child hunger. BWc世界播



Marcus Rashford is urging MPs to 'unite' BWc世界播


Five Conservative MPs rebelled against their party by voting with Labour - including Ms Ansell who has now stepped down as parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. BWc世界播


'Not perfect' BWc世界播


Explaining her decision, she said: "In these unprecedented times I am very concerned to be doing all we can to help lower income families and their children who are really struggling due to the impact of the virus." BWc世界播


She said that food vouchers were "not perfect" arguing that it is better to link meals to activities so children "can also benefit from extra-curricular learning and experience". BWc世界播


However. she added that vouchers could help families in her Eastbourne constituency who were struggling as a result of the pandemic. BWc世界播


The government's stance has also been criticised by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who tweeted: "If the government can subsidise Eat Out to Help Out, not being seen to give poor kids lunch in the school holidays looks mean and is wrong." BWc世界播

政府的立场也受到了英国退欧党领袖奈杰尔·法拉奇(Nigel Farage)的批评,他在推特上写道:“如果政府能够补贴外出就餐以帮助解决问题,那么不让人看到在学校假期给贫穷的孩子提供午餐看起来很刻薄,也是错误的。”BWc世界播

Children of all ages living in households on income-related benefits may be eligible for free school meals. BWc世界播


In England, about 1.3 million children claimed for free school meals in 2019 - about 15% of state-educated pupils. BWc世界播


Analysis by the Food Foundation estimates a further 900,000 children in England may have sought free school meals since the start of the pandemic. BWc世界播


In Scotland, the government has made 10m available to local councils to continue to fund free school meals over the Christmas, February and Easter breaks. Local authorities that offered provision over the October school break can apply to be reimbursed. BWc世界播


The Welsh government has also pledged to extend free school meal provision to every school holiday until Easter 2021, spending 11m on doing so. BWc世界播


In England and Northern Ireland, however, the scheme will only run during term time. BWc世界播


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