Call for school meals report turned down by Gloucestershire leader
COUNTY leaders turned down a demand for a report on the benefits and costs of giving children breakfast at school.
Green councillor Sarah Lunnon (Stroud East) asked the Gloucestershire schools forum for a report, because of reports of increasing food poverty in the media.
However at the last meeting of the forum, chairman Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley) declined.
"The benefits of healthy eating for children are fully acknowledged and it is heartening that over 40 per cent of Gloucestershire schools are running breakfast clubs," said Mrs Hall in a written response.
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"However it is not within the remit of the schools forum to commission a report on the costs and benefits of providing a free nutritious breakfast at all schools; decisions on whether to offer additional meals clearly rest with individual schools."