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Even before Covid-19 hit, the proportion of households in the UK without the resources to eat was rising.
The damaging delay to benefit payments is accepted as unnecessary by its architects, exposing further evidence-blindness in the welfare system.
Against a potential backdrop of mass layoffs, the cruelty of the old system is going to feel a lot sharper.
Why has it taken a pandemic to expose the annual crisis of children going hungry?
After the 2019 election, many more Tory MPs represent seats with high numbers of pupils eligible for free school meals.
There is broad agreement that the extension of meal vouchers over the summer would be effective, popular and inexpensive.
I increasingly think that the policy is George Osborne's best legacy as Chancellor.
The number of households that cannot afford to eat has risen by 89 per cent.
The number of people claiming benefits in the UK rose to 2.1 million in the first full month of lockdown.
I'm more open to the scheme than I was before.
Rather than a burden, the welfare system is a form of collective insurance against life’s hazards.