Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate Jane Dodds is calling on Powys County Council to reverse its proposal to slash funding for school breakfast clubs.
Currently hour long breakfast clubs are free to all children, these are part funded by the Welsh Government and Powys County Council and are known to benefit working parents and children from the most disadvantaged families.
Powys County Council has just completed a consultation on the new Schools Fairer Funding Formula, in which they are proposing to withdraw their part of the funding, requiring parents to pay £1 a day per child.
The Council has also suggested removing all funding from Breakfast Clubs with less than 15 children. This will mean that parents will face a bill of £20 a month per child and those children at the smallest of schools will have no breakfast club funding at all, meaning that parents will have to pay twice as much for a breakfast club.
Jane Dodds said:
“There is lots of evidence that breakfast clubs give children the best possible start to the school day. In particular disadvantaged children benefit from a healthy breakfast. I know that many working parents rely on breakfast clubs to be able to stay in employment
“These extra charges could mean families paying hundreds of pounds a year. Many simply cannot afford this, so their children will miss out and some parents may have to think again about about staying in work. The proposals are also another blow to small schools and I am calling on Powys County Council to re-think this awful idea”