Free school meals: Johnson under renewed pressure from council leaders

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Local authorities attack prime minister’s suggestion £63m could cover needs over half-term and Christmas

Boris Johnson is facing renewed pressure to commit more money for free school meals after councils said a £63m fund which ministers have suggested could be used for this has already been spent on other Covid necessities.

Following days of vehement criticism after the government’s refusal to extend free schools meals in England for the current half-term and over Christmas, Johnson praised the work of the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford in highlighting the issue.

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