We understand this has been a challenging time for everyone, which is why the Government has focussed on protecting families - backed by £200 billion.
Our income support schemes have helped 9.2 million people stay in employment, keeping up to 80% of their salaries.
The government has given 10 million people a benefits boost by increasing benefits by 1.7% in April 2020. This was further topped up by an extra £20 a week for this year, meaning those who have found themselves turning to our welfare safety net due to COVID-19 have more than £1,000 extra in their pocket.
This uplift allows low income families to choose how they spend their money and on what, rather than government choosing for them through providing supermarket vouchers for families.
On top of this we have eased pressure on family budgets through mortgage holidays, energy bill holidays and by increasing the support available to renters. By investing nearly £1 billion in the Local Housing Allowance we are giving people on average £600 back in their pockets.
To make sure that no one slips through the gaps, £63 million has been distributed to local authorities in England to help those who are struggling to afford essentials due to coronavirus on top of this. In our area West Berkshire Council received £103,352.77.
And of course, now that schools have returned, free school meals will continue to be provided during term time. We have also extended the eligibility for free school meals.
Unlike other political parties who are focusing on free school meals in isolation, we have taken a broad approach to support and protect families. No one should pretend that anyone has voted to make children hungry – that is simply untrue.