Campaigners launch legal action against UK Government over Free School meals

Campaigners have threatened to take the UK government to court over its decision not to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the summer holidays.

The national voucher scheme was introduced in March to help low-income families feed their children during school closure with £15 per week for eligible children.

But, while the government has confirmed it will extended other Covid support schemes, such as the furlough scheme which will run until the autumn, the Department for Education has refused to extend Free School Meals over the summer, a decision campaigners including the Food Foundation say puts vulnerable families as real risk of hunger and destitution.

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