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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 October 2020

Tory 'Starve a Kid to Save a Quid' scheme

End child poverty, photo Staff Sgt Alex Fox Echols/USAF/CC

End child poverty, photo Staff Sgt Alex Fox Echols/USAF/CC   (Click to enlarge)

The 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals are on base salaries of 81,932 a year - before ministerial bonuses, expenses, and other income.

A full-time worker on the over-25 minimum wage earns around 17,000 a year. Those forced to claim Universal Credit receive up to 5,000 a year to live on, plus around 3,000 a year for each child.

Almost a million people have signed a petition to withdraw MPs' meal subsidies. Commons menus from 2019 show steak and chips for under a tenner, or a jacket potato for less than a quid.

Over 950,000 had signed as the Socialist went to press. A similar number had signed Marcus Rashford's petition to parliament to extend free school meals into the holidays.

Pubs and restaurants across Britain are barring their MPs for voting against free school meals extension. One pub in Rishi Sunak's constituency has banned him for life.

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In The Socialist 28 October 2020:


What we think

Tories' school meals outrage


Coronavirus News

Don't let Tories starve our kids

Tory 'Starve a Kid to Save a Quid' scheme

Boots launches 120, 12-minute Covid test

Under the microscope


Workplace News

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Workplace news in brief


News

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BAME Covid deaths due to capitalist inequality, confirms government

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Birmingham: 'Refund our fees' protests

Solidarity with the movement in Nigeria

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