Friday 5 February 2021 / 12:01 AM Kate Green

Kate Green responds to Public Accounts Select Committee report highlighting Department of Education was “surprisingly unconcerned” about free school meals contractor profiting at taxpayers’ expense

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to a Public Accounts Select Committee report that found the Department for Education was “surprisingly unconcerned” about whether the free school meals contractor, Edenred, was “profiting at taxpayers’ expense,”  said:

“Gavin Williamson has refused to extend free school meals over February half-term but has given millions to a private company profiting off food vouchers for hungry children.

“Despite delays with these vouchers which left children to go hungry during lockdown, the Education Secretary has rewarded the company responsible with bigger contracts and profits.

“Instead of throwing taxpayers’ money to large private companies, the Government should trust parents by giving them the money for free school meals, ensuring every child receives the full value of their entitlement and ending obscene profiteering from outsourced contracts while children go hungry.”