London-Food packaging spread on the carpet, including a can of beans, various fruits, vegetables, snacks and sliced bread and cheese-the government plans to provide low-income students with free lunch regulations.
However, when pictures of the package of photos sent to family students due to the blockade circulated on social media this week were closed in schools across the UK, they were met by parents and football star Marcus Rashford (Marcus Rashford) Wait for the severe condemnation of anti-hunger activists.
Critics say that these parts are scarce, raising concerns about whether children are getting adequate nutrition during the coronavirus pandemic, and the government has overpaid for them.
Chatwells, the contractor responsible for providing the lunch packs distributed on Twitter, said on Tuesday that the photo was enough to hold five days of school lunch instead of ten, and the total cost, including publishing costs, was about $14.
But this is not enough to quell the strong protests. The government said on Wednesday that it will resume the coupon program next week, which will allow parents to buy meals on their own.
Under the plan, schools that receive funding to provide lunch for low-income students will be motivated if they send lunch packages to their families. According to the Ministry of Education’s website, these foods should be used to prepare “healthy lunches” and cater to “special diet” students.
The mother whose photo was spread by the virus said she welcomed the news of the change. The lady named Lisa said on the leading dialogue radio station in the UK: “Most people get more miles from coupons than any miles earned in handbags and boxes.”
On Monday, Chartwells said it would refund “our food packages that did not meet our usual high standards” and would “apologize to anyone affected.” They added that packages sent from January 25 will include Free breakfast.
Mr. Rashford played for Manchester United and has been the driving force of the free meal plan during the pandemic. He called these packages “unacceptable” and said Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Boris Johnson) ) Promised him “a comprehensive review of the supply chain.”
Johnson said on Twitter: “These foods do not meet the standards we set. We have made it clear to the companies that it is shameful.”
“The photos shared on social media last night and today are totally unacceptable and do not reflect the high standards of free school meals we expect to give to children,” said Vicky Ford, the Minister of Children and Family.
But some critics accused the government of shifting the blame to contractors, saying that this was a sign of a broader struggle, which put marginalized people facing the UK into another blockade.
Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of Sustain, a food and agriculture charity, said: “The huge profits that occurred in this crisis are really shocking.” She added that there is a lack of transparency about how big companies win contracts, and the government has not fully recognized low income. Families will have difficulty obtaining food during the lockdown.
The free meal plan is provided to students from families receiving government subsidies, including those with an annual income of less than £7,400.
Ms. Dameni said, but families whose income exceeds this threshold also have difficulty putting food on the table.
She added: “Even in a pandemic, our government has a deep political bias towards offering people money.” “Unfortunately, these children end up suffering.”
According to the regulator The Good Law Project, the incident is a model for private companies to obtain government contracts to improve quality and maximize profits. Mr. Johnson’s government has awarded multibillion-dollar pandemic-related contracts to companies with political connections, no relevant experience and history of disputes, often putting them ahead of their competitors.
The head of the organization, Jolyon Maugham, said: “The culture of the central government is just not interested in providing high-quality services to the people.” He added that China needs more ways to seek accountability and transparency. .
According to government data, approximately 1.4 million children will claim free school meals in the 2019-2020 school year.
In these photos, Ms. Dalmeny said that they were widely spread because they attracted people’s attention. “If you want to have a baby with this, week after week.”