Children going hungry during school holidays is an issue, says Johnson
LONDON (UK) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that he accepted that children going hungry during school holidays was a problem during the pandemic crisis, adding that he had not spoken to Marcus Rashford over his plans to tackle it.
Manchester United striker Rashford had championed the cause of providing food vouchers during school holidays to children who usually receive free meals if their parents receive welfare support.
“I haven’t spoken to Marcus since June but I think that what he’s doing is terrific,” the prime minister said.
“We certainly recognise that there is an issue. We have been dealing with it continuously throughout the period of the pandemic. And we’re going to continue to deal with it. And just to repeat, we will make sure we will do everything in our power to make sure that no kid, no child goes hungry this winter during the holidays.”
“The debate is how do you deal with it,” he said.
He said the government had increased the Universal Credit benefit which will support households during holidays.