Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Save School Meals!

Hello everyone, I have something a little different for you today. It's a bit of a more serious topic and will probably only apply to those who live in the United Kingdom but I would appreciate it if you would just take a few seconds to read this. 

So, as we all know, Great Britain's government are horrendous and coming down hard on those in serious need. Today's topic shows this even more so. 

That is George Osborne. This complete tool is apparently scrapping free meals for infant school pupils in his November spending review, it's been reported. Free school meals for all children between four and seven was introduced in 2014 by Nick Clegg, estimating that it would cut costs to parents by £400 per year, per child. 

Despite pledging to continue the policy in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, this government is actually now considering the cut according to sources. Famous chef and healthy eating campaigner, Jamie Oliver has called this possibility a 'disaster'. And he is so right. Not all parents can afford to give their children packed lunches every day and certainly even more so with the other cuts coming in!

I remember my own school days and how we got free school meals every day. I ate a packed lunch for most of my days and sometimes ate a free school meal. But I was lucky because I had two parents who worked their arses off to provide for me and my brother. Some of my classmates ate free school dinners every day but we all felt or "looked" equal to each other because we were all eating some kind of nutritious meal together. By taking free school meals away, you are potentially damaging children because their parents can't afford to give them a packed lunch everyday!

But, this cut hasn't been enforced yet and these are only reports of it possibly happening. However, this is where you can help out. There is a petition by Ben Whitehouse going around online at the moment and it's really picking up speed. I need you to sign it and help support free school meals for infant school children.


The government will respond if it gets more than 10,000 signatures.. and so far, it has just over 20,000! At 100,000 signatures, it will actually be considered for debate in Parliament. 

The signatures are rising every time I refresh the page but will it get to 100,000? I don't know. But it only takes a few seconds to help out and fill in your details. All of your details are private and will NOT be released anywhere, I promise. You will need to go to your email account and open the link that they send to you to make your signature counts. 

It ends March 2016 which isn't that far away considering we are three months away from 2016 already. Your signature could be the one that pushes it to 100,000!

So please, for your one good deed of the day, for a few seconds; help out some kids and sign it?

Thankyou for reading and even more so if you sign it.
Laura.

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30 comments:

  1. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  2. Don't even get me started on George Osbourne (I rant about the Conservatives a lot on Twitter). That lot have no idea what it's like to not be rich. They really don't have a clue.

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    1. I totally agree, Alice! They are horrendous and they shouldn't be doing what they are doing. Thankyou for commenting on my post anyway, I really appreciate it x

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  3. I wanted to sign but it said UK citizens or residents only :( It's quite a sad state in general in the western world with rich idiots in positions of power stepping on everyone else. Loving #piggate btw! ;)

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Aw thankyou for trying, Rae! Hahaha we are all loving #piggate! Any chance to take the mick out of our horrible prime minister ;) x

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  4. Signed! It's a shame the petitions committee is mostly made up of Tories so it probably won't go to the House of Commons. I'm pretty sure we are basically living in a dictatorship now, like we have basically no input in how this country is run and what happens. Canada is looking pretty tempting to move to...

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thankyou very much Alice! Yeah I totally agree. I'm very tempted to move somewhere else myself. Thankyou for signing it all the same :) x

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  5. Signed! And a mental note made to read/watch/listen to the news more often!

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  6. I'm sorry to hear about this! I remember getting school meals as a kid too!

    Chelsea
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    1. Thankyou for reading anyway, Chelsea x

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  7. I really like this post.

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  8. I loved this post "This complete tool" - so true. School meals are so important for children who aren't able to afford school meals and more importantly some children aren't provided them by their parents all the time. I find politics a very hard subject to breach and go into, but if it's something as important as this, I definitely think it needs to be addressed! Interesting post and thank you for bringing something different to light! xx

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    1. Thankyou very much for your thoughtful comment, Caroline! School meals definitely are important for children! Thankyou for reading x

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  9. YOU GO, LAURA, YOU GO. I don't live in the Britain but I feel strongly for this. I wish I lived in the UK so I could sign the petition, UGH.

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  10. Did it. One thing I know is that school lunch are important. I'm bias though since I have a kid :D.

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    1. It's even more important if you have a child then! Thanks for signing it :) x

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  11. Loved the post, hope that everyone will support it!

    Tanya
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  12. I am sorry to hear about this. Hope it will get enough supporters.
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    Lenya
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  13. How sad. I hope the petition wins

    Rachel xx
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