When choosing a group within society to listen to about what life is actually like for the nation's primary school age children in #ToryBritain, how about... their class teachers?
The National Union of Teachers has recently published an illuminating and shocking survey on hungry children. We've used it to tell it like it is to the public:
Teachers have reported "heartbreaking" increases in the numbers of poor children at primary schools going hungry.
Over half of surveyed teachers have children in their school who go hungry during school holidays, when no school meals are available. Most of those teachers also see children arrive at school hungry. Substantial numbers of teachers also report seeing children return from school holidays with signs of malnourishment.
One teacher said: "In addition to holiday hunger I have families who cannot cook a meal because their oven is broken and they cannot afford to get it repaired. I have families with disabled children who cannot easily leave the house and shop for affordable healthy food because it is too difficult and they have no help.”
Another teacher said: “It's heart-breaking to hear children not wanting holidays because they don't get to eat enough."
The Tory government has also been slashing services which help families to help themselves. One teacher noted: "I believe our local Sure Start children's centre used to remain open during school holidays to support families until it was closed down last year."
Compared to other developed countries, the UK has a very unequal distribution of income. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that if the #Tory government's planned benefit cuts go ahead, inequality will rise even further. The IFS also predicts that "low-income households with children will fare worse than other households”.
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