JACOB Rees-Mogg, the multi-millionaire Commons leader with five children who will never have to worry about food, has said that Unicef should be “ashamed” at feeding some of Britain’s poorest kids for the first time in its seventy-year history.
The nasty Tory who has an estimated net-worth of £150m and will receive an £800,000 dividend at the end of the year attacked the charity for doing work the British Government should be doing.
Unicef that provides food and disaster relief in third-world countries announced that it would be feeding 1,800 needy children over Christmas for the first time in its seventy-year history.
Mr Mogg was responding to questions from Labour MP Zarah Sultana who highlighted the “grotesque inequality” in Britain and claimed that wealthy people were enjoying “obscene riches” whilst British kids go hungry at Christmas.
“From Tory donors handed billions in dodgy contracts to people like the Leader of the House, who is reportedly in line to receive an £800,000 dividend payout this year.”
Mr Rees-Mogg said in the House of Commons: “It’s a real scandal that Unicef should be playing politics in this way when it is meant to be looking after people in the poorest and most deprived countries in the world, where people are starving, where there are famines and there are civil wars – and they make cheap political points of this kind, giving, I think, £25,000 to one council.”
“It is a political stunt of the lowest order.”
He added: “Unicef should be ashamed of itself.”
His comments came as an estimated 1,800 families struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Unicef will provide breakfast boxes over the Christmas school holidays, the charity School Food Matters said.
The Food Power for Generation Covid initiative, in partnership with Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, and the Southwark Food Power Alliance, has been made possible by a £25,000 grant from Unicef UK.
It represents the first time the organisation has developed a domestic emergency response.
Unicef said the coronavirus pandemic is the most urgent crisis affecting children since the Second World War.
The families in Southwark, south London, will receive 18,000 breakfasts which will be distributed by schools for two weeks when they break up.
The programme will also provide 6,750 breakfasts to families over the February half-term break.
Anna Kettley, director of programmes at Unicef UK, said: “This is Unicef’s first ever emergency response within the UK, introduced to tackle the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus crisis and reach the families most in need.
“The grant for School Food Matters will address the gap in current provision for children, providing approximately 1,800 children with breakfast bags during the Christmas holidays and February half term.
“This funding will help build stronger communities as the impact of the pandemics worsen, but ultimately a longer-term solution is needed to tackle the root causes of food poverty, so no child is left to go hungry.”
School Food Matters founder Stephanie Slater said: “The response to our summer Breakfast Boxes programme has shown us that families are really struggling and many were facing the grim reality of a two-week winter break without access to free school meals and the indignity of having to rely on food banks to feed their children.
“By providing our breakfast boxes, families know that their children will have a great start to the day with a healthy nutritious breakfast.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We would point to the substantial action we’ve taken to ensure that children don’t go hungry through the pandemic and I would point to the additional £16 million we pledged not too long ago to food distribution charities.”
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said: “The fact that Unicef is having to step in to feed our country’s hungry children is a disgrace and Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should be ashamed.
“We are one of the richest countries in the world. Our children should not have to rely on humanitarian charities that are used to operating in war zones and in response to natural disasters.
“Charities and businesses across the country have done a brilliant job stepping in where the Government has failed, but it should have never come to this.”
Additional Reporting by PA Media