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'Lifetime consequences' warning over vulnerable Norfolk children affected by lockdown

Vulnerable children are at risk of being left “forgotten”, “vulnerable” and “isolated” during the coronavirus lockdown, councillors and a former MP say.

The warning comes after the government’s U-turn on extending the free school meals scheme over the summer, following the successful campaign by Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford – which will see almost 14,000 pupils in the county benefit from the £15 weekly vouchers.

And it follows warnings that Norfolk’s most deprived areas are set to shift in the wake of the pandemic as those who “just about manage” slip into poverty.

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