Commenting on the campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford to force the government to act and prevent holiday hunger this summer, Unite national officer for local government Jim Kennedy said:

“Marcus Rashford is doing an incredible job in exposing how out of touch this government is but it shouldn't have to be left to this young man to shame the government into doing the right thing.

"The public will be watching on in horror as government ministers defend the policy of denying support to hungry children over the summer school holidays.

"Holiday hunger is already at scandalous levels in this country; the coronavirus crisis will make this even worse as unemployment rises and even more families struggle.

"It is simply not good enough for the government to pass this responsibility down to already hard-pressed local authorities.

"The £63 million that the government says it has provided local authorities will not go very far when divided across the 343 competing bodies.

"The prime minister should intervene now.  The vulnerable children in Scotland and Wales will be fed this summer.  Do the right thing for England's children, now."

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