Labour MPs Jack Dromey, Jess Phillips, Roger Godsiff, Preet Gill, Richard Burden and Khalid Mahmood have written to Tory MP Andrew Mitchell urging him to put Birmingham’s children before Party loyalty next week, and vote against a Government plan to impose an income threshold on families currently receiving universal credit.
The policy will mean that over 16,600 children in our city, many growing up in poverty, will not be able to access a free school meal, according to the Children’s Society. The charity estimates it could affect over a million children across the country.
For some children, this could literally mean the difference between eating a hot meal that day, or going hungry.
The Government’s plans to restrict free school meals will be brought to the Commons next week, following an intervention from Labour to bring these heartless and short sighted plans to a binding vote.
In a joint statement, Jack Dromey MP and Jess Phillips MP said:
“The Tories are trying to leave over a million children without access to free school meals, that’s potentially 16,600 in our city alone.
“If Tory MP Andrew Mitchell votes to literally take hot dinners away from the children of his constituents, I don’t know how he will be able to hold his head high in our city.
“The vote on Tuesday gives him an opportunity to show just whose side he is on; children in Birmingham, or this Tory government imposing heartless cuts on families.
“We’ve written to the Tories asking them to consider their priorities on Tuesday.”
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