• School Holiday Hunger

    14 February 2018

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about school holiday hunger.
    No child should have to go hungry and it is important to ensure every child, regardless of their background, has the very best start in life.
    I welcome that the Department for Education will be conducting research into how best to ensure that more children from disadvantaged families benefit from healthy meals and enrichment activities during the school holidays.  This will include running targeted pilot programmes and engaging with interested organisations, and will enable ministers to assess the impact of Government intervention.
    More broadly, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission recommended a number of measures to help children. Child poverty is best addressed by helping the parents find good jobs. That is why the Government continues to roll out the Universal Credit system, which provides personalised financial and other support for parents while helping them to find and stay in work. Other measures to help parents include the doubling of free childcare hours and the raised personal allowance which has lifted millions of the lowest paid out of income tax altogether. Since its introduction the National Living Wage has delivered a £2,000 pay rise for the lowest paid.
    I also welcome the announcement that £10 million a year of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used to expand breakfast club provision in up to 1,600 schools and encourage healthy eating among children.
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General