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Single Mum in Tears as Meal Vouchers Scaled Back

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After all the publicity about child poverty, the campaign by England footballer Marcus Rashford about providing meals during the Summer time. I was really surprised that Summer meal vouchers have been reduced from £90 to £45 especially as the cost of living increase, when the help is needed more.

I am not sure if this is just for Shropshire or if other Councils are following suit .

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-62326176

beccatavender
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

It is up to individual councils how much they give. I know in Scotland that how much you get varies depending on your council area, so I imagine it is the same all over. I'm surprised that it has been reduced by that amount.

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Howmuch
Howmuch2 weeks ago

I am more surprised that they still exist. At least it is some direct help to families that will struggle more over the holidays. Shame it is not the same rate everywhere and that we have such a lot of families in need of the vouchers in the first place.

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beccatavender
beccatavender2 weeks ago

Howmuch It must be so difficult if you are already struggling to find that something you have been relying on has been cut by that amount.

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Midnightflower
Midnightflower2 weeks ago

To get help for kids school meals on universal credit you have to earn less than £7,400 the old benefit system is £16,190. So sadly this doesn't seem surprising.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx2 weeks ago

Midnightflower we have just found this out my daughter was getting free meals from school but can't now now my other half is working we can't get them anymore or milk vouchers for my little one even tho we still get universal credit

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Midnightflower
Midnightflower2 weeks ago

Leannexxx it's a big drop isn't it, I've never quite worked out how they justify it but then universal credit is a nightmare. My partner who works full time didn't accept his commitments once (he's not great with emails and technology) and they closed the claim completely. The only commitment he needed to accept was to keep doing what he's doing.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx2 weeks ago

Midnightflower oh I know my other half had to do the same it's a joke I have to help my dad with his till October when he retires

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ShelleyJayne
ShelleyJayne2 weeks ago

There is not anything in Hampshire, it has all been stopped.

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beccatavender
beccatavender2 weeks ago

ShelleyJayne Thats disgusting,how come there hasn't been a national outcry about this? This article was the first time I've seen anything in the news. With the cost of living increases people are really struggling, it's a disgrace.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxx2 weeks ago

beccatavender well I was took that I'm not get school food vouchers on the last day of school and that would have been £65 for my one child in school but in Liverpool my mother in law got £350 Asda ones for 3 of her granddaughters that she's got full time

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beccatavender
beccatavender2 weeks ago

Leannexxx I wonder why the big difference, there should be the same rate across the country. It seems like a postcode lottery.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 weeks ago

beccatavender Does seem weird the way it is done. So if you are in a generally deprived area you get help but if you are a poor person living in a affluent area you get nothing. Sadly at some point the government is going to have to stop borrowing or it will be forced on them as international banks lose confidence in the UK economy and stop loaning us money either completely or at reasonable interest rates. At some point as a country we will have to face that industry is gone and we need to accept much greater levels of poverty and a reduction in services. I've never known a time when politicians have been more incompetent. The whole point of leaving the EU is to take charge of our economy and start coming up with policies which reduce our imports and return us to a trading surplus and live within our means. It's a long road that will take decades to pay back all the debt. I honestly can't think of a single political party in the UK that isn't filled with complete morons, utterly useless individuals. I don't think they even recognise the problems of our economy so how on earth can they solve them?

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jam45
jam45a week ago

BonzoBanana I agree with you 100% percent. The country is into a mess because it keeps on borrowing money it cannot pay back. Almost everyone is entitled to some form of free money or should I say subsidiary whether they need it or not. It has got to be stopped now.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga week ago

I read recently about a woman who had her £50 meal voucher rejected because it is on her phone and it should have been printed.

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beccatavender
beccatavendera week ago

MrsCraig You couldn't make it up, how many people have the printer to print things off, I know I don't, I think it's any excuse not to help those in need.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga week ago

beccatavender I agree, I wouldn't have been ble to print it off either. A lot of vouchers are electronic now a days

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didbygraham
didbygrahama week ago

MrsCraig it was rejected initially because the image on her phone did not include the complete number so it couldnt be processed. If it had been complete then it would have worked on the phone.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga week ago

didbygraham the article I read said that she was told even if it had the complete number on her phone they still wouldn't process it as it wasn't printed.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa week ago

MrsCraig I read the same it happened in Tesco and it was because the staff said it needed to be printed when they don't have to at all Tesco came out with an apology

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MrsCraig
MrsCraiga week ago

Leannexxx considering Tesco does digital Clubcard vouchers so it is very strange that she was told it had to be printed. Well hopefully it won't happen to anyone else.

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didbygraham
didbygrahama week ago

Ive used vouchers on my phone no problem, it was only because it didn't scan properly from the phone that they suggested it be printed. It sounds like it was all sorted in the end though.

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