UK’s Johnson says holiday hunger for school children is an issue

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BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he fully accepted that children going hungry during school holidays was a problem during the pandemic.

Johnson said he had not spoken to Marcus Rashford over his plans to tackle it.

“I haven’t spoken to Marcus since June but I think that what he’s doing is terrific,’’ Johnson told broadcasters.

Rashford, the Manchester United striker, has campaigned for the government to provide food vouchers during school holidays to children who normally receive free meals during term time if their parents receive welfare support.

“We certainly recognise that there is an issue. We have been dealing with it continuously throughout the period of the pandemic.

“And we are 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 you deal with it.’’

Johnson said the government had increased the Universal Credit benefit which will help support families through holidays.

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– Oct. 26, 2020 @ 17:50 GMT /

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