The letter, which was coordinated by the NEU's Councillors’ Network, calls on the Government to ensure children from low-income families have access to Free School Meals (FSM).

Currently more than 1.7million children and young people in families in receipt of Universal Credit are missing out on this vital support all year round. Many of these families are surviving on less than £20.27 a day. 

 Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:  " No child should be going hungry during the day yet millions are. This has a huge impact on their learning and well-being. The pandemic highlighted the desperate situation many families cope with day in day out. We welcome the fact that Government acknowledged Marcus Rashford's powerful campaign and extended the provision of FSM over the school holiday period but that still leaves a great many families struggling without enough money to put food on the table." 

Read the full text of letter below.

ENDS 

2021-036-NEU