David Duguid statement on vote for free school meals in England

Statement from David Duguid MP on why he voted for an amendment that stopped English school children getting free school meals during holidays

Last night David Duguid MP voted with the government in a move that stopped the poorest school children in England getting free school meals during the holidays. Scotland & Wales have both made provision for children from low-income households to continue to get free school meals during any holidays until Easter 2021.

I asked Mr Duguid’s office if he had a statement or comment on why he voted to stop English school children getting the same benefits as their peers in Scotland & Wales.

 Can you ask David why he voted against supporting free school meals for pupils in England at the vote this evening please? 


This is the response

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Just to be clear, David voted for the motion (amended by the government and passed unanimously) which read as follows:

“Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that schools are now fully operational following the covid-19 outbreak, and will continue to offer free school meals in term time; welcomes the substantial support provided by the Government to children worth £550 million annually; further welcomes that this support has been bolstered by almost £53 billion worth of income protection schemes, and £9.3 billion of additional welfare payments; notes that eligible families have also been supported throughout lockdown through the receipt of meal vouchers worth £380 million while schools were partially closed, alongside the Holiday Activities and Food Fund; and further supports the Government in its ongoing activities to help the most vulnerable children in society.’.”They Work For You

David Duguid, Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, said

While last night’s vote does not apply to Scotland, I think it’s important to make the point that the best way to support families that are struggling financially is through our welfare system.

This Conservative government has committed an extra £9billion this year to strengthen that safety net to make sure the most vulnerable get the support they need.

In England, pupils will continue to receive free school meals during term time, and local councils have been given £63million extra to provide emergency assistance where required.

In Scotland, policy on education, including free school meals, is the responsibility of the Scottish Government.

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