Tens of thousands of children living below the poverty line in some of the wealthiest parts of England's home counties may be unable to afford a proper lunch but fail to qualify for free school meals, according to a study…Not the qualification there. Now who is prone to such obfuscation?
…by the Children's Society.Well, of course!
The Children's Society wants free school meals for to be extended to all families receiving universal credit from October. This – at an estimated cost of £500m a year in England – would lift 100,000 children out of poverty and enable the government to keep child poverty targets on track.Yes, I'm sure they do. That would, of course, add to their population of 'farmed' children and consolidate their power in government, wouldn't it? Never mind that that 'free' lunch has to be paid for by someone.
Matthew Reed, the charity's chief executive, said: "It is shocking that huge numbers of children in poverty across the country are missing out on a free school meal. Every child in poverty should be entitled to this vital support."Translation: "Every child we can add to our roll is another example of how we are 'needed'!"
Linda Cregan, chief executive of the Children's Food Trust, supported the call for free school meal entitlement to be extended to all families receiving universal credits. She said: "Evidence shows that when children eat better, they do better in class. Poor diet and hunger have a marked detrimental impact on a child's ability to reach their full potential.
"Every pupil should be given the same chance to learn and achieve, and that's why it's so important that all children from families who receive universal credits should automatically qualify for free school meals.Well, that takes care of the after lunch portion of the school day. What next? Free breakfasts too, to ensure they aren't 'disadvantaged' in the before-lunch period?
If granted, the next step would be to support schools in making sure these families register for them and take them."Whether they like it or not?