Responding to news that children's free school meal food parcels in Hull have been identified as falling far short of the mark, Lib Dem Councillor Linda Tock has voiced her concern:
"It is deeply saddening to learn that some catering companies expected to provide this service have chosen to short-change children and families in Hull.
"This Conservative government should have been more stringent from the outset of the rules surrounding what the £15.22 food parcel value had to achieve. It should not have relied on private companies, too often motivated by profit, to be trusted to do the right thing.
"Reports suggest the Conservatives are not going to extend the free school meals during the February half-term, it is disgraceful. This is just another example of why this Government do not care about people; abandoning the financially vulnerable in their time of need in the middle of a crisis.
"Lib Dems nationally have been calling on the minister to make the change to food vouchers universally. This is the right thing to do, because it gives parents and their children greater flexibility over their own food planning and dietary needs."