Many Chalfonts residents are unhappy with Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP’s decision to vote against free school meals for children during holidays.
One person took to social media and said: “I just feel it’s important that everybody knows that our MP voted against free school meals for children.”
Another person wrote: “It seems a churlish decision at this time.Yes some may abuse the system but I’m sure most do not.”
A number of local residents branded the decision as “shameful” and “disgusting”.
We spoke to Dame Chery about it, and she said: “ I do not want any child to go hungry because their parent or guardian is unable to afford the meal during half term that is provided to their child/children through the free school meals during term time.
“The Opposition Motion in the House of Commons on October 21 wasn’t either a practical or a long-term way to solve food poverty. The government continues to provide free school meals to 1.4m children; have put an extra £9bn into the welfare system; and £63m to help councils support the most vulnerable.
“Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 this year, Buckinghamshire Council
is supporting pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and, too,
are committed to ensure that no child in need goes hungry.”
She also mentioned that people in need can contact the ‘Helping Hand’ team which can help direct people to the support that is right for them, by calling 01296 395000.