Boris Johnson caves in to Marcus Rashford with £170million package to feed hungry kids this Christmas


BORIS Johnson caved in to Marcus Rashford ­yesterday — with cash to feed hungry kids.

The PM unveiled a £170million package to ensure the poorest families can pay bills and put food on the table this Christmas.

The PM caved in to demands from footballer Marcus Rashford for more cash to feed hungry kids

Boris Johnson unveiled a £170 million package and agreed to extend the free school meals scheme

He also agreed to extend free school meals and holiday activities to cover next Easter, summer and Christmas.

Mr Johnson broke the news to the England footballer in a private phone call minutes after Marcus had helped Manchester United beat Everton.

Rashford’s spokesman said: “He was thrilled and welcomes this announcement. He is pleased the Prime Minister listened and acted.”

The move defuses a month-long row in which the PM was accused of misreading the nation’s mood — although angry Tories were asking why it was not done sooner.

The Covid Winter Grant Scheme will be ring-fenced. An extra £220million will provide holiday activities and free meals for kids throughout next year.

And the Healthy Start voucher scheme payments will rise from £3.10 to £4.25 a week next April.

Rashford has been a vocal campaigner for free school meals
Last month Rashford helped out staff at a food charity warehouse

Rashford has also asked the PM to extend free school meals to every child from a household on Universal Credit

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said the package would build on the billions of pounds spent to protect jobs and boost welfare support.

The measures acknowledge two of Marcus’s three demands — free school meals during holidays and the vouchers rise.

He also asked the PM to hold ­more talks about extending free school meals to every child from a household on Universal Credit

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