Children and young people are ‘going hungry’ at school, according to the Children’s Commissioner.
Professor Sally Holland says children’s basic needs aren’t being met, with families struggling to afford school uniform, equipment and sanitary products.
School day costs are the most common financial concerns raised by parents and young people – this included the cost of equipment, school dinners, school trips, and other one-off costs like school photos and fancy dress events.
The report by the Commissioner reveals children are left with a poorer quality of life and unable to socialise because of it.
She is calling on the Welsh Government to publish a new ‘Child Poverty Delivery Plan’ setting out how financial hardship faced by families will be addressed:
The Welsh Government’s Child Poverty Strategy was last revised in 2015 which sets out Government’s current long-term objectives.
The report calls for more children to be made eligible for free school meals and access to Holiday Hunger schemes, as well as ensuring more families are eligible for a grant to spend on school costs.
The Welsh Government says extra funding is being provided to tackle the problem: