Children in poverty inquiry

Children in poverty inquiry
House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Logo
24 February 2021
School Food Matters has provided written evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into children in poverty

We have today submitted evidence to the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee in response to their inquiry into children in poverty.  

“With the pandemic shining a new light on the day-to-day difficulties faced by many children, there is now a unique opportunity to build a consensus around a renewed push to tackle the scourge of child poverty. Our Committee will push the Government to ensure all young people have a decent start in life.”

- Stephen Timms MP, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

Child poverty in the UK has been growing for a number of years and has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. A key element of poverty is food insecurity, and schools provide an ideal opportunity to intervene to help the most vulnerable children.

We have written to the committee to ask that they consider the ways in which school food interventions can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We have also suggested that they ask the Government to take a more holistic view of the numerous school food programmes running across the UK. We recommend the best way of doing this would be to have a comprehensive review of school food.