Waitrose and M&S Food are not the answer for Free School Meal vouchers

Only in Westminster could they dream up a system which offers parents of children on free school meals (on the occasions when there head teachers can acces them) vouchers for Waitros and M&S Food.

For people who live in remoter parts of North West Durham the local Co-op foodstore would be a lot more use, or Lidl if you live in Crook, but check out the supply website and you’ll find the list:

What supermarkets are available?

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M&S food
  • Aldi

Many communities across the country, whether it’s Tow Law in the Durham Dales or Portree on the Isle of Skye, rely on Co-op foodstores for their main supply.

In Crook, they lost their old Co-op foodstore and it was replaced by – yes, you’ve guessed it, Lidl. No advance there then for our Free School Meal kids.

The people of North West Durham chose a different political party last year. Now is a chance for that party to recognise this specific need on behalf of the people of Nort West Durham.

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