Free school breakfasts ‘must change’, say Welsh Conservatives

The BBC is reporting that Conservatives are saying a third of Welsh children are not receiving free breakfasts in school and changes are needed…

The Welsh government’s Free Breakfasts initiative, launched 10 years ago, ensures primary school children can have a healthy meal to start the day.

But shadow education minister Angela Burns said some parents should pay to help improve the scheme’s funding…

Last year, out of the 264,186 pupils in Welsh primary schools, 46,262 had a free breakfast on the day numbers were collected…

Ms Burns AM, said it was “regrettable” that after “tens of millions of pounds” a third of Welsh children were not able to access free school breakfasts.

“We believe that parents who can afford to make a small financial contribution towards the cost of their child’s free school breakfast should do so to improve the scheme’s funding and enable more children to benefit,” she added.

But Mr Lewis said take-up of the scheme had consistently been on the increase since the scheme launched in 2004…

In England, every child in primary school gets a free lunch, instead of breakfast.

Aled Roberts, education spokesman for the Liberal Democrats in Wales, said it should be the same in Wales too.

“Despite Scotland having followed England’s lead, the Welsh Labour government continues to use free school breakfasts as an excuse not to implement this vital policy,” he added…

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Of course it’s not the case that every primary school child in England gets a free lunch, but what about the principle of free lunch versus free breakfast – which is the best option if you have to choose? And should those in Wales who can pay be asked to do so if the income is used to extend provision? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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