HERTS CONSERVATIVES VOTE DOWN FULL FUNDING OF FREE SCHOOL MEALS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY
At a meeting of Hertfordshire County Council on Tuesday 19 July the Conservative administration voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal to fully fund Free School Meal food vouchers through the 2022 summer school holidays.
Herts County Council has committed to providing supermarket vouchers to the value of £2.40 per day through the 2022 summer holidays, contrasting with £3 per day received by eligible pupils during term time. Nearly 27,000 children across the County receive benefit related free school meals, representing 14% of all pupils in Hertfordshire.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Resources and Performance, County Councillor Sally Symington, said:
"It is incomprehensible why the Conservatives are not fully funding free school meal vouchers through the summer holidays. We all know the Cost-of-Living Crisis, driven by the combination of low growth in wages and benefits and high food and energy price inflation, is hitting the most vulnerable hardest. We all know food represents a high proportion of their living costs. We all know having children go hungry in the holidays impacts their physical and mental well-being. It adversely affects their cognitive development and their ability to progress well at school.
How much worse does it have to get before the Conservatives stop defending the indefensible and fully fund Free School Meal vouchers during school holidays?"