Tell Parents Plans For Feeding Children During Half-Term, Urges Plaid Councillor

Senior Plaid Cymru councillor Charlotte Bishop is calling for urgent clarity over plans to feed needy children during next week’s autumn half-term school holidays.

Caerphilly councillor Charlotte Bishop, who represents the Aber Valley, said that foodbanks – including the local one she works with– had yet to be informed by the authority of details of food support for pupils.  

She said: “I have spoken to council officers and they tell me due to short notice from the Welsh Government a decision had been taken to introduce a voucher scheme for all pupils eligible for free school meals.

“The scheme allows £3.90 per day per pupil to be paid and the authority has told me that they are working with the post office, who will administer the scheme. I am, however, concerned that parents don’t currently know when the vouchers will be available, although they will be valid for a month.

 “As everyone knows the cost-of-living crisis is affecting families and individuals severely and the council needs to inform parents and foodbanks as soon as possible about what is happening to help feed children next week.”

The Welsh Government suspended the support scheme last August for those entitled to free school meals during holiday periods. But they told Caerphilly Council at the end of September the scheme would be funded for three further holiday periods up to February next year.

“My view is that this scheme needs to go beyond February half-term because of the current crisis and to stop it then would punish children of some of the poorest families,” added Councillor Charlotte Bishop, deputy leader of the Plaid Cymru group.

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