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Marigold
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You might like to sign this one - petition to support Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals during holidays for kids from families on benefits.

Ending the previous scheme is disgusting. Continuing it would cost peanuts compared with the millions that have been lining the pockets of Boris’s friends.

The petition says;

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

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Covid-19 has been tough on us all but Government should ensure children don’t pay the price:

- 14% of parents & 10% of children have experienced food insecurity over the last 6 months
- 32% of families have lost income as a result of Covid-19
- Demand for food banks this winter is predicted to be 61% higher than last.

With the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, I am calling for Government to allocate money to

- Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit
- Provide meals & activities during all holidays
- Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme.

These 3 recommendations must be implemented without delay to #endchildfoodpoverty.


Link to petition; https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554276/

See also Guardian article;
https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... bzhpwE-iYc
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Done. Can you post it on FB please then I can share.
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Signed. I wish I could believe it will do any good. If we got the £12 billion back from Serco, problem solved.
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bigyetiman wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:14 pm
Luckily OH got her routine mammogram booked in January. Hope yours is ok. As she says a few minutes unpleasantness is better than a few months chemo if you ignore that letter. Bit like the bowel cancer screening, bit of a performance but preferable to the alternative.
Yes, indeed. I must be due for the bowel cancer screening soon, too.
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Signed it already from a twitter post.
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Over 260,000 people have signed it.

This government has lost all sense of proportion, and we're the ones that will end up paying. If I have to pay more tax I want the money to go where it will do some good, not lining some sycophant's pocket.
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Is this the thin end of the wedge? 1984 but 36 years late?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54586897

Of course I understand the need to self-isolate and would do so willingly if told it was necessary (OK, I may be in a minority according to the statistics) but how is this going to be done? "Stop and check" in the street? Turn up at your door (and frighten the pants off most innocent people)? Given that there have been false results, no way of reporting a negative test and many other technological problems I suspect the download of the app will be seriously affected.

From the report the implication is that where "crowds" refuse to disperse the police can check whether anyone involved is supposed to be self-isolating but its' use will spread until it becomes another race/colour issue.
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I wish they'd stop calling it the NHS app - it's Serco that have messed it up and charged £12 billion for it. Just think what the NHS could do with £12 billion!
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We're in Level 5 (the highest level) restrictions from tomorrow night. All non essential retail and businesses to close. We can exercise within 5km of our homes. No social visits in homes or gardens, although we can meet one other family in an open area like a park or beach. However, schools, creches etc. will remain open. (Because through some magic, teenagers don't pass on the virus, and they NEVER socialise in groups. They just catch it from someone in their home. :roll: ) We who live alone are allowed form a "bubble" with one other household, and are then regarded as part of that household for contact tracing purposes. And of course, you can go outside the 5km limit for childcare, care of the vulnerable, etc.

It's grim, and of course, effectiveness will depend on the public buying in to it. Sometimes you'd despair though. Yesterday it was reported that 5 people, from 5 different households, were stopped by the police having travelled in the same car over 50km to get a Takeaway!

The Govt.'s plan is that doing this for six weeks will mean that they can ease restrictions in early December, so families can have some sort of Christmas together. Fingers crossed!!
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Grim is the word!
Funnily I just chanced on this from the Irish Times:
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-sty ... obal-en-GB
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