The NUT is proud to be a member of the End Child Poverty campaign. We are:
- Speaking up for the one in five children in Britain living in poverty today; and
- Reminding all political parties of their promise to eradicate child poverty by 2020.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty has published new figures that provide a child poverty map of the whole of the UK. The figures are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward and paint a stark picture of a socially segregated Britain where the life chances of millions of children are damaged by poverty and inequality.
Let’s All Have Lunch!
The NUT is pleased to support the “Let’s All Have Lunch!” campaign by 4in10 and CPAG (the Child Poverty Action Group) which calls on all London Councils to provide universal free schools meals for primary school pupils.
The Government recently commissioned an independent School Food Plan which was clear about the benefits of healthy school meals, saying:
“The Government should embark upon a phased roll out of free school meals for all primary school children, beginning with the local authorities with the highest percentage of children already eligible for free school meals…” and that until the Government commits to this, “we would urge schools and councils to consider funding universal free school meals themselves.”
The NUT welcomes the fact that three London councils – Islington, Newham and Southwark – are already committed to rolling out free school meals for all primary school pupils. The campaign is asking for the remaining London Boroughs to do the same.
Welcoming the launch of “Let’s All Have Lunch!”, NUT General Secretary Christine Blower said:
“The health benefits of eating a nutritious lunchtime meal are widely recognised. Teachers are also well aware of the impact on children’s concentration and behaviour and the long term benefits for their educational attainment. The School Food Plan commissioned by the Government makes a clear recommendation that Government should roll out universal free school meals for primary children and it is encouraging that some London authorities have already taken a lead and introduced free school meals for all children in their primary schools. With ever rising rates of child poverty and child obesity now really is the time for Government to act and introduce a measure that not only has clear health and education benefits but which will help to tackle child poverty and support low income working parents. “
Download the “Let’s All have lunch!” campaign briefing here
View the campaign website here: www.letsallhavelunch.org.uk
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