Despite declaring they would not u-turn he government is to spend about £400m to support poor children and their families in England, following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.
A winter grant scheme, to be run by councils, will provide support with food and bills, and a holiday food and activities programme is to be expanded.
Rashford said it would improve the lives of nearly 1.7 million children.
The move represents a significant climbdown for the government, which had argued Universal Credit was enough.
From the package of support, a £170m ring-fenced fund will be distributed through councils until the end of March, with at least 80% earmarked for help with food and bills.
Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic PM Johnson took the time to phone Rashford after he played in United’s 3-1 victory against Everton in the Premier League.
Rashford said after the call:
“Following the game today, I had a good conversation with the prime minister to better understand the proposed plan, and I very much welcome the steps that have been taken to combat child food poverty in the UK.”
The intent the government have shown today is nothing but positive and they should be recognised for that.
The steps made today will improve the lives of near 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months, and that can only be celebrated.”