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Poor Children of Low Income Parents Denied Free School Meals

by Raja Nandhini on March 8, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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 Poor Children of Low Income Parents Denied Free School Meals

In a recent report by the Children's Society brings to light the fact that nearly a million poor children in UK are denied free school meals because their parents are not unemployed but with low income.

As per the current government policy, children of parents with below 60% of average income are considered as poor but are not entitled to free school meals. This has forced many children to go hungry and consequently they are reported to lack concentration at schools.

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According to the report in London, 57% of the poor children miss free school meals, with 51% in the South West and 35% in the North West.

With the rising cost of living and with poor parents struggling to provide basis needs to their children, the Children's Society's Fair and Square campaign is urging the government to reconsider the eligibility for free meals and to make sure that every child in poverty gets a meal.

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