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The Manchesters restaurants now offering free kids meals in the school holidays

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Restaurants up and down the country have stated they will offer free meals for children throughout the school holidays.

Following the news that MPs voted against Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meal vouchers through to Easter next year, some restaurants have taken things into their own hands.

The plan was defeated by a majority of 61 (322 to votes to 261).

6.3% of children are worried they will go hungry in the upcoming October half term, and more than 1.4 million children are currently experiencing food insecurity, according to Food Foundation.

Astoria bar in Urmston took to Instagram yesterday to announce that they will be offering all children free meals over half term.

The post said: “In response to the government’s refusal extend the free school meals across half term for vulnerable children ALL children over the half term, 26/10/20-20/10/20 will be entitled to any dish from our kids menu, for free, between 9am and 3pm.”

They added, ‘share wherever you can to help as many in need as possible’.

Similarly, The Courtyard in Wigan took to Facebook yesterday to announce that they will be providing free kids meals.

They added, “Let’s be honest they’re probably not gonna get 1 of their 5 a day here with our menu but we can fill their bellies.”

“his is available with complete discretion, we have to greet everyone at the door due to Covid guidelines so just quietly mention you’ve come for a school meal and we’ll provide what we can. You don’t need to buy anything yourselves, just let us help you if you need it next week.”

The Facebook post has racked up over 10,000 shares and almost 4,000 likes of support.

Khandoker Didsbury has also announced they will be happy to put together a hot meal. 

In a Facebook post they said: “Voting against free school meals for kids in poverty is inhumane. If there are any parents struggling to feed there kids don’t be ashamed.”

Their news became one of the many shared by Marcus Rashford on his Twitter where he said: “Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know”

Jo’s place in Wilmslow have reached out to parents and carers in the surrounding area who are offering free breakfasts or lunch to to those who will struggle without a the scheme. 

Baker’s Tea Room in Bolton said: “We’re behind Marcus Rashford no parent should ever struggle to feed their children. Baker’s are offering free grab bags for all children on free school meals during half term. Please call us or message us and we’ll have their lunch ready to go from 12pm that day”

Minikin Art Cafe tweeted to say: “We will be providing a free hot baked potato with beans, fruit, snack & drink to the children of any families that may be feeling the pinch this half term.

“Whatever the situation, it’s NEVER the child’s fault.”

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Drivers could soon be fined for parking on the pavement under new rules

Make sure you’re aware of the proposed rule changes



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A ban on parking on the pavement could soon be implemented across England, under new laws which are expected to be rolled out this year.

Parking on pavements would be a thing of the past, with £70 penalty fines for offenders coming into effect under the proposed new rules.

According to reports, the new legislation would see a ban on antisocial parking introduced, in a bid to make pavements safer for people with disabilities and visual impairments, as well as families.

The changes to the law which are being considered have already been implemented in London and would be rolled out nationwide.

They come in response to complaints about pavement parking and the risks it brings with it to those whose use pavements, with the Department for Transport (DfT) initially launching a proposal on the subject in September 2020.

The proposals came after a review discovered that almost half of wheelchair users and a third of visually impaired people were less willing to go out on the streets alone due to ‘antisocial’ parking on the pavement.

A spokeswoman from the DfT explained to The Mirror that the government is currently collating responses after receiving ‘overwhelming’ feedback.

The public consultation period for the proposals ended back on November 22nd, and as such a decision on the plan is expected imminently.

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However, Mark Tongue, director of Select Car Leasing has said that ‘the guidelines are currently quite confusing for motorists’.

The motoring company conducted a report which discovered that local authorities would have the power to dish out £70 fines if a vehicle was considered an obstruction, even if it was parked outside the driver’s house.

Mr Tongue said: “A pavement parking ban is 100% needed nationwide – anything that puts pedestrians at an increased risk requires action.

“However, the information given so far is slightly confusing for drivers. At the moment, there’s no clear guidelines for those who park on the pavement due to having no room on their own drive. Most households have more than one car, so it will be interesting to see where motorists are expected to park if not on the pavement outside their homes.

“Clear guidance is required for drivers so they know the correct location to park in order to avoid a fine.”

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Operation Forth Bridge: the full plan for what happens next after Prince Philip’s death

Buckingham Palace confirmed the sad news of his passing earlier today



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Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has died.

The 99-year-old, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June, passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning, Friday April 9th.

Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

There were already strict procedures put in place for when Prince Philip died, which have now begun, and they’re known as Operation Forth Bridge.

According to the plan there are several steps that need to be followed, including everything from national mourning to a burial site for the Duke.

Operation Forth Bridge has been around for many years, with Buckingham Palace, in consultation with both the Queen and Prince Philip, regularly updating and reviewing it.

Part one of the operation was the announcement from Buckingham Palace confirming the death of the Duke, which was distributed to the Press Association and BBC first.

Then the country enters a period of national mourning, meaning a set of rules, like flags being flown at half-mast, must be followed.

According to reports, it’s thought newsreaders and other TV presenters must wear black out of respect.

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Next, plans for the funeral will be drawn up, and while Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral he reportedly wanted something more discreet – a private service in the style of a military funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, followed by burial at Frogmore Gardens.

The funeral is still expected to be televised despite the current restrictions, although it remains unclear how many people will be able to attend it.

The Queen’s private secretary and senior adviser, Sir Edward Young, will be on hand to help her during the undoubtedly challenging days ahead.

As well as being responsible for supporting the Queen in her duties, Sir Edward is also the channel of communication between the Queen and the government.

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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99




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Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has confirmed today.

A tweet on The Royal Family Twitter account announced the news.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born 1921, and was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years – officially the longest-serving consort in British history.

The official announcement read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

There’s been no official details about the Duke’s funeral released yet, however it has been reported that he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.


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