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CHILDREN IN POVERTY AND FREE SCHOOL MEALS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1191A1: tabled on 19 March 2013

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr George Galloway on 14 March 2013. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

at end add 'and therefore commends Islington Borough Council for continuing to provide free school meals for all primary school children; and hopes that other councils will follow this successful example.'

Original motion text

That this House is shocked by the statistic that around 700,000 school-age children living in poverty are not receiving free school meals; congratulates the Children's Society for revealing this shameful state of affairs; notes that many working parents below the poverty line are discriminated against by being denied this crucial health benefit for their children because they are employed; further notes that a single parent working for 16 hours a week and a couple working 24 hours, both on working tax credit, cannot qualify, however poor they may be; and calls on the Government to ensure that all school-age children living in poverty receive free school meals whether or not their parents have jobs.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.