A Council spokesperson said:

‘We will ensure anyone who is entitled to a free school meal and requests one will get one over the half term school holiday.

‘Because of the short notice and practical distribution difficulties we are unable to offer a voucher scheme by next week to 6,000 school children, but we are looking at different options for the Christmas holiday period.

“However, the Council is always here to support families and vulnerable people who need our support, food or otherwise, during half-term and at any other time of the year.

‘If families need our help getting a free school meal, or other help they should call us on 0151 907 8363.”