Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has urged Essex County Council, the local education authority, to take the responsible step of ending the Free School Meals (FSM) shortage for local children. The action is a direct result of MPs refusing to fund the out-of-term Free School Meals programme, which has led to local teachers and school staff paying to feed those in need in their classes.
Cllr Lees concluded “Whilst it seems the majority of MPs don’t care about child food poverty, the Uttlesford community does. Teachers and staff at the Saffron Walden County High School have dug into their own pockets to fund all the free school meals required by the school’s students over half term. They have been joined by local businesses, community groups and residents who have offered the same either directly or via donation programmes. This is heart-warming, but at the end of the day it is the government’s responsibility to protect its most vulnerable citizens.”
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.
R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.