THE offices of both of Bury's MPs have been targeted in protest at the government's decision to not extend the free school meals scheme.

Members of the Bury People's Assembly placed paper plates with messages on them on both of the MPs constituencies offices.

Mr Daly voted against the motion to extend the free school meal vouchers scheme over half-term and Christmas, while Mr Wakeford abstained.

The People’s Assembly is a broad anti-austerity campaign supported by a range of local and national groups and trade unions, and not affiliated to any political party.

Chris Neville, Convener for the Bury People's Assembly, said: "Over 8,000 children in Bury are eligible for free school meals and the fact that our MPs refused to vote to make sure that those children don't go hungry over the school holidays is callous and irresponsible. Unemployment has doubled in Bury South since February and more families are falling into poverty.

"Residents were invited to bring a paper plate with their message for Mr Wakeford and Mr Daly. We wanted to let them know that we look after each other here. The response to the free school meals issue from local business and charities has been amazing, but our local MPs have failed to make sure children have enough to eat during the pandemic."

He added that the group were calling on the government to reinstate free school meals during the holidays - just like it did at Easter and over the Summer following Marcus Rashford's campaign.

Mr Daly has previously highlighted that Bury Council has been provided with £229,549 by the Government to support residents who need assistance to buy food and other essentials.

They are spending £88,000 of this to provide school meal vouchers during the October Half Term, which allows the Council to make the correct local policy decisions to support the most vulnerable families within Bury, Ramsbottom and Tottington.

Christian Wakeford has been contacted for comment.