The row at the heart of government over free school meals was laid bare on Monday night when the Treasury insisted Gavin Williamson had never asked for the extra money to fund the half-term extension. Treasury sources said there had been no request from the education secretary for the £150m to provide meals for 1.4 million disadvantaged pupils during the holiday. They indicated that the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was irritated at the suggestion his department was to blame for a row that has led to splits in the Tory party and accusations the government is failing to support some of the poorest children in the country. “There was nothing proposed or mentioned from the Department for Education,” one source said. Speaking on Monday as a campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford continued to gain momentum, Boris Johnson hinted that a replacement scheme could be devised in time for the Christmas holidays. But the prime minister also pointed to a £63m local council fund as a resource for local authorities to pay for the poorest children to have meals over half-term, prompting a backlash from local leaders. It is understood that virtually all councils have now spent the bulk of their… Read full this story
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