Education leaders back Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign

More than 30 influential education leaders have written a letter to ministers urging the government to support footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign on free school meals. Rashford has already successfully campaigned for free school meals to be extended over Easter and the summer break, and is now calling on the government to feed vulnerable children during school holidays until the end of the year. His parliamentary petition has already achieved 280,000 signatures since Wednesday last week.

The Manchester United and England forward is also asking for free school meals to be extended to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefits and for the the value of Healthy Start vouchers, for new parents to spend on milk, formula and food basics, to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme. However, the government has already rejected his plea. Read more.