I think another change in direction would do a lot of harm at this point.It's not though; it's just feeding hungry kids whose parents are fvckwits.
Gov's scored a massive own goal with this one and they're going to look weak when they u-turn.
Just feed 'em; the UK can afford it. Maybe reduce the child element of tax credits or UC to cover the cost; or don't increase it as much as it would've.
Whatever, just get it done. The Northern Blue Wall would like it and those seats are now vital to any party who wants to stay in power.
I think that an initiative timed just ahead of the Chrismas break, would lance this particular boil.
It should, of course, never been allowed to get to this point because, as you say, it is peanuts.
Out there in the real world, I might add, many authorities etc have already put measures in place. My granddaughters school, for instance, publicised early last week that packed lunches, for those who needed them, would be available over half term, no questions asked.