By Richard Fraser, Editor
Schools Week reports ("Unions back shadow minister’s food insecurity bill") on an attempt by Emma Lewell-Buck MP, the shadow children’s minister, "to force the Government to collect data on food security, which will hand schools more clout in their fight against holiday hunger".
The MP's Food Insecurity Bill, which will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 26 October 2018, would, if passed, require the government to publish an annual report on household food insecurity in Britain. "This data would be collected in the existing annual living costs and food survey – not by schools – but would help headteachers raise the issue with ministers."
Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson told Schools Week:
“Robust data that helps to provide both a better-informed picture for schools and policy-makers and solutions for the problems highlighted would be welcome.
“We would like to find out more about how the data would be collected and used.
“Where there is poverty and lack of food – particularly nourishing food – there are inevitable consequences for children and their learning that are outside their control.
“Heads, teachers and support staff are seeing and feeling the impact and we know that some have even used their own money to provide food, clothing and resources for the children in their care.”
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