The Independent is reporting that an MP has claimed children in Britain are “starving” during the school holidays because their parents cannot afford to provide them with food.
Ruth Smeen, a Labour MP in Stoke-on-Trent, has scheduled a parliamentary debate on the effect that school holidays have on child starvation.
She produced figures that showed thousands of children in her local area would be affected by the Government’s planned cuts to tax credits.
“For millions of families living on the breadline, the holidays are nothing to look forward to,” she wrote in an article for the PoliticsHome website.
“This situation is broadly understood during term time, and has been for years. Free school meals, breakfast and after school clubs are all recognition of the difficulties which parents on low incomes face.
“Yet the Government has to date displayed a chronic blind spot when considering what happens to these families when school is out.”
The MP cited figures from a report released in the summer, produced by Kelloggs’s that found one third of parents have skipped a meal so their children could eat during the school holidays.
She also noted that around three quarters of households on incomes lower than £15,000 were not always able to buy food…
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