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31st Aug 2022

Dinner lady says she cries going into work – because she has to deny children school lunch

Jack Peat

‘I didn’t take the job on to starve children’

The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on children was laid bare this week after a dinner lady said she is being forced to deny youngsters lunch because they don’t have the money to pay for it.

Speaking at an Enough is Enough rally in Manchester, the woman – whose Twitter handle is Maggie Myles – told PoliticsJOE that she is dreading going back to work in October over fears many of the school’s pupils will not be able to afford lunch.

“I didn’t take the job on to starve children”, she said, adding that the issue is getting noticeably worse of late.

On Tuesday evening, tens of thousands of protesters turned out for a rally in Manchester over the soaring cost of living. The event, at Manchester Cathedral, was attended by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, alongside representatives from the RMT Union and the Communications Union.

It has been organised by the Enough is Enough campaign, a group set up by trade unions, MPs and activists.

The group says it is “determined to push back against the misery forced on millions by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, shoddy housing – and a society run only for a wealthy elite.”

Addressing a packed Manchester Cathedral, Dave Ward said:  “Working people will pay the price unless we come together and fight. Change isn’t a spectator sport – are you ready?”

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