Marcus Rashford considering ‘next steps’ after Government free meals U-turn


England footballer Marcus Rashford has said he is planning his next move to help struggling families after his campaign to extend the children’s food voucher scheme into the summer holidays led to a Government U-turn.

The 22-year-old Manchester United striker was praised by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his highly personal campaign, which forced the change in policy.

Downing Street on Tuesday announced a one-off £120m (€133.8m) fund which will benefit some 1.3 million children in England over the six-week summer period.

I don’t want this to be the end of it because there are definitely more steps that need to be taken

Rashford told BBC Breakfast he was “shocked” by the decision, adding: “It’s a big decision for someone to make and I’m just grateful that the Prime Minister did change his decision and he understood.

“I spoke to him and thanked him for that. It’s a nice feeling but I’m just happy that people’s lives, and people’s summers especially, have been changed for the better.”

But the player said that people are “struggling all year round” and he now wants to learn “how we can help them best” in the future.

“I think this is only going to be successful throughout the summer period so we’ve bought ourselves six weeks of time now to plan and figure out what’s next and keep taking steps forward,” said Rashford.

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