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UK government make U-turn after Marcus Rashford’s campaign

The UK government has U-turned on their decision to end free school meal vouchers after Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend the scheme.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for Boris Johnson said the decision to end the voucher scheme to support families would not be extended into summer.

Rashford’s passionate letter to MPs and his social media activity gained huge traction and today, the 22-year-old won his most important victory yet.

Nearly 1.3 million children are eligible for the Covid Summer Food Fund and £120m will be invested in the scheme.

The initiative has already helped pupils since the pandemic forced many parents to lose income while having to look after their children due to partial school closures throughout spring.

In a tweet today, Rashford said: “I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.”

Earlier during the UK lockdown, the Mancunian raised around £20m to help feed 2.8 million children and continues to use his profile for the benefit of those less fortunate.

Well done, Marcus.

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