Flintshire Lib Dems Address Holiday Hunger

18 May 2024

Last year, following the Welsh Government’s unlawful last-minute withdrawal of funding, Flintshire County Council overwhelmingly passed a Lib Dem motion for Flintshire to find a way to help feed its hungry children during the school holidays.

Following subsequent cross-party discussion, the Labour-controlled Cabinet agreed to provide help during last year’s Christmas holidays. It also pledged to find a longer-term solution before this year’s budget was set.

Cllr Andrew Parkhurst, Lib Dem group leader observed: "The payments over Christmas were made, but since then nothing much has happened with no plan in place, nothing in the budget and, as a result, children are still going hungry during the school holidays."

With support from other opposition groups, Lib Dem county councillor David Coggins Cogan successfully called for an urgent meeting of Full Council to debate a Lib Dem motion to address this.

After an impassioned debate, Full Council agreed to provide some much-needed help during the summer holidays.

After the vote was passed, Cllr Andrew Parkhurst commented: "I’m delighted that cross-party support for this Motion means that children need not go hungry this summer."

"The Cabinet should now consider what affordable longer-term solutions are possible to help families who are struggling through the continuing cost-of-living crisis."

You can read more here:

Flintshire councillors back scheme to prevent holiday hunger | The Leader (leaderlive.co.uk) 

3 Libdem Councillors standing together at Flintshire county council election count

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