Labour move to block cuts to free school meals through Commons vote

Politics Home reports that the Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has secured debates on Government plans to cut free school meals and childcare vouchers in a bid to block them. 

Labour are seeking to halt changes to access to the programmes after the Government planned to introduce an income threshold as part of its universal credit roll-out.

The Government had planned to introduce the changes through statutory instruments but will now have to face a vote on the controversial plans. 

The debate is expected to take place next Tuesday, immediately after the Chancellor’s spring statement.

Ministers could face a humiliating defeat as the DUP, whose votes are required to secure a majority, have previously been opposed to cutting childcare vouchers.

Transitional measures during the roll-out of Universal Credit, saw all families entitled to free school’s meals. But the Government’s cost-cutting measures would see households with an income above £7,400 losing access.

Ms Rayner has secured the debates through the use of an obscure parliamentary process called “praying against”.

The Shadow Education Secretary said: “Not only are the Tories taking free school meals and childcare from hundreds of thousands of working families but they are resorting to arcane procedures in a desperate attempt to dodge proper scrutiny from MPs.”

Read more Labour move to block cuts to free school meals through Commons vote

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  1. There is no such thing as ‘free’ school meals. They are paid for by the taxpayer and politicians should just stop spending other people’s money on those who they deem to be worthy.

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