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In England’s green and pleasant land

June 27th, 2010 by Graham Attwell

I am afraid words fail me. Whilst the right wing UK DemCon government continues to cut services and welfare benefits to fund the vast payments to the failed banks, the reality is that poverty increases.

This is from a recent report on heal;thy school meals by the official schools watchdog Ofsted and as reported in the Guardiian newspaper:

Parents from these families told inspectors that they often could not afford to pay for a school lunch, especially if they had more than one child. One family, for example, had to arrange for the two children to take turns and eat a school meal on alternate weeks.

Other parents complained about the lack of advice on how to produce balanced but inexpensive packed lunches. Also, little account was taken of the fact that many families whose income was low did not have transport and therefore had to rely on what was available in the immediate locality.

Local shopkeepers were unlikely to stock appropriate food unless they could be convinced of the financial viability of doing so. Unhealthy packed lunches did not necessarily reflect parents’ lack of commitment or cooperation but, rather, a complex set of local circumstances.

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