School children across the country – and very many teachers – are looking forward to the long summer break. But up to 3 million children living in poverty across the UK are vulnerable to going hungry during the school holidays, according to a cross-party panel of MPs and peers.
Members of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) at Westminster heard evidence from charities that some kids were living on crisps when not at school, and some couldn’t take part in football or other sports because “their bodies simply gave up.”
Members of school staff have noticed some pupils coming back for the new term hungry and sluggish.
The group’s report state one million children depend on school meals, while another two million have parents who work but still live in poverty.
The MPs and peers recommended that money raised from the planned tax on sugary drinks should be ploughed into ensuring children don’t go hungry during school holidays.
They urged the government to ring-fence 10 per cent of the sugar tax – to be introduced next year – to ensure children are fed properly during the holidays. This could cost just £1.50 per child per day.