Nadhim Zahawi fumbles in BBC interview about teachers’ pay
Ministers have been accused of “failing” schools after some faced disruption and were told to stock up on tinned food amid supply chain issues – just one month into the new academic year.
Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has written to education secretary Nadhim Zahawi urging him to meet school governors and local councillors to discuss the crisis while Labour’s shadow education secretary Kate Green accused the Tories of “burying their heads in the sand”.
It comes after it emerged one of the UK’s largest canteen suppliers wrote to school catering staff advising them they should “top up on long life, dried, tinned and frozen products to ensure that there will always be some form of food available in a worse case scenario”.
ISS, which supplies 450 schools, said food availability for school canteens was being impacted by a shortage of HGV drivers as well as a lack of staff and import delays, according to an email seen by ITV.
As a result, Ms Green called for a plan to recruit and train more lorry drivers to ease shortages, saying: “No school must be left without the food supplies it needs, and no child left going hungry.”
Lib Dems accuse Tories of ‘failing yet again’ over school supply issues
More on school food shortages now. Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has written to education secretary Nadhim Zahawi calling for him to urgently meet school caterers, school governors and local councillors to discuss the crisis after the party heard of “stark issues” with food shortages.
In his letter to Mr Zahawi, Sir Ed said:
“Across the country, I have heard from Liberal Democrat councillors and schools about some stark issues with food disruption in our schools for our children.
“Parents have endured so much and worked so hard during the pandemic but it seems your government has failed them yet again. The least you can do is ensure a hot meal at their school for their children.
“For months you and your fellow ministers have been warned about the effects the shortage crisis could have on our economy and our everyday lives, now we see this reality coming true. For you to not have this on your radar is both surprising and a shocking abduction of leadership.”
Sam Hancock8 October 2021 08:05
Schools told to ‘stock up on tinned food’ amid fears of shortages
Schools have been urged to stock up on food ahead of anticipated shortages, with the government accused of “failing” some which have already faced disruption to supplies.
One of the largest canteen suppliers in the UK has written to school catering staff advising them they should stock up on frozen and tinned food to ensure that children are properly fed over the winter, reports Eleanor Sly.
ISS, which supplies 450 schools, told parents in a statement that their “ability to continue to provide nutritious school meals is not being impacted by the well-publicised shortages of items that the UK is currently experiencing” however a leaked email from the supplier – seen by ITV – suggests some schools are already being urged to stock up on dried, freezer and tinned food immediately.
Labour and the Lib Dems accused the government of not doing enough over supply chain issues.
Sam Hancock8 October 2021 08:01
Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s rolling politics blog. Stay tuned while we bring you the latest updates as supply chain issues continue to wreak havoc among industries.
Sam Hancock8 October 2021 07:55