We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Devon County Hall's behaviour reminiscent of Oliver Twist

October 27, 2020 5:09 PM
Originally published by Devon Liberal Democrats

Devon County Hall could give Mr Bumble, the workhouse beadle from Oliver Twist, a run for his money after trying to pretend it had made a U-turn to tackle holiday hunger across Devon.

County Hall announced on Monday that there really was cash, after all, for meals during the holiday for those children receiving free school meals. But checking the detail, it becomes clear it is 'old money' being re-packaged, says Cllr Alan Connett, Liberal Democrat opposition leader at Devon County.

Mr Bumble and Oliver Twist, by Charles Edmund Brock"Devon County Council has over £100 million in reserves and yet the Conservatives running the council are playing politics with hungry children this half-term and for the holidays to come," he said.

"There is no new money. The cash the Conservatives and County Hall are talking about is old money already allocated to help communities through Lockdown and the Covid crisis.

"The nation is angry about children going hungry and that's also the case here in Devon."

The Liberal Democrats called Devon County Council 'mean-minded' last week when it refused to step-in to help hungry children. While it's great that local businesses, pubs, cafes and groups have stepped in to help, they shouldn't have to do this.

"The real scandal is the cold hearts at County Hall and in the Government.

"At Devon, they could draw on the millions in reserves to help out this half-term, at Christmas and up to the end of the Easter break next year.

"When you look closely at yesterday's County Hall announcement, Devon County Council is saying - go away, there's nothing here to help you. They truly are the modern Mr Bumble of Oliver Twist", said Cllr Connett.