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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 October 2020
Don't let Tories starve our kids
The weekly cost of full-time childcare is an extortionate £233 a week, photo Anthony Kelly/CC (Click to enlarge)
Big business got billions - Fight for what we need
- Free holiday school meals for all children who need them
- Work or full pay. Maintain and extend the furlough scheme
- No reduction in Universal Credit. No delay in payments. Increase benefits in line with the minimum wage
- Minimum wage of £12 an hour as a step to £15
- Stop local authority cuts. For a mass campaign involving trade unions and local communities to demand from the Tories the money needed to fund local services
Lindsey Morgan, Parent and school meals campaigner, Leicester
Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said he wants parents to "take some responsibility for their children". We live in a system that makes it incredibly difficult for parents to look after their kids. The idea that people want handouts from the government is a lie.
Parents want to be able to provide for their kids without having to ask for help. If it's about "taking responsibility", put us in a position where we have the money and resources to do that!
The vast majority of people receiving benefits are in work. Clarke-Smith says he wants "more action to tackle the real causes of child poverty". We need a minimum wage of at least £12 an hour with benefits raised to match, and an end to zero-hour contracts to "tackle the real causes" of low pay and insecure work.
Children aren't to blame for whatever their family circumstances are, and whether their parents have the money. All of the services to make it that bit easier to be able to support our kids - mental health support, youth clubs, drug and alcohol support, and breakfast clubs - the Tories have cut them too.
As for what Clarke-Smith calls "nationalising children". We don't expect the government to act out of kindness. But we sure as hell are going to fight for the government to provide the money to feed our kids.
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In The Socialist 28 October 2020:
What we think
Tories' school meals outrage
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
Backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary
Royal Mail: No more behind closed doors talks
Fight Leeds Labour council's massive cuts
Workplace news in brief
NHS England's £1bn winter shortfall: we need union action, not platitudes!
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Mayor and government compete to attack London transport: fight for no cuts!
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Bolivia elections: Crushing defeat for the right as MAS secures landslide victory
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Birmingham: 'Refund our fees' protests
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Waltham Forest Save Our Square:
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Bristol jobs protest: We want 100% pay
One rule for them, and another for us
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