Stop the government from taking breakfasts away from children!
  • Petitioned David Cameron and his Cabinet

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David Cameron and his Cabinet

Stop the government from taking breakfasts away from children!

    1. Olivia Chu
    2. Petition by

      Olivia Chu

      Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Did you know 1 in 3 children in Britain lives in poverty, in London, that’s 4 in 10! That is one of the highest rates in industrialised country: shocking in such a well resourced country. And did you know the government has a commitment to end child poverty by 2020? But under current administration, increasing numbers of children rely on breakfast clubs held at their schools because their parents cannot afford to provide despite working incredibly hard for their families (Yes, in modern Britain).

A breakfast club is a safe place where children can enjoy breakfast with teachers and classmates before school, but it serves a wider purpose just providing breakfast. A study has shown that breakfast clubs are associated with sustained improvement in academic performance! Unfortunately, budget cuts have led to increasing closures of breakfast clubs across the country despite best efforts from charity groups (and even teachers paying out of their own pockets); schools just simply cannot afford to sustain these clubs. Subsequently, children from this vulnerable group are stuck in a vicious cycle of low concentration, behaviour problems, and low attainment. This is a problem with a solution!

In March 2010, Child Poverty Act came into force, which requires the Secretary of State to consider which groups of children in the UK are disproportionately affected by socio-economic disadvantage, and to consider the likely impact of government policy on children in these groups. In other words this gives legal force to the government’s commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020. Issue with breakfast clubs is just the tip of the iceberg. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculated that if current policies continue, child poverty will rise by an average of around 100,000 each year. It is high time we speak up for this vulnerable group and create change for the better for these children.

At the recent Conservative Party conference, David Cameron said, “I went to a great school and I want every child to have a great education. I'm not here to defend privilege, I'm here to spread it." Then why are there children going to school starved!? What is Cameron and his cabinet doing to sort this!?

This is a public outrage and we must speak up for these children.

Recent signatures

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    1. Over 150 signatures

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer

      Great job! Please continue to spread the word and get as many signatures as possible so we can take it to Downing Street! Our working group will be meeting very soon so the nitty gritty research bits will start soon too; watch this space

    2. 100 signatures reached!

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer

      Brilliant news and thank you everyone! Having reached 100 signatures means this petition will be open for 1 year! Now the next goal: getting 1000 signatures to really get this campaign rolling!!! (Keep spreading the word and we will eventually be sending this to David Cameron himself!)

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. So close!

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer

      Great job guys, we are so close to 100 signatures and moving onto the next stage! Let's keep spreading the word and keep this going!

    5. Over 50 signatures!

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for signing! Keep spreading the word and keep up to date on facebook group

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. FB group now up!

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer
    8. Over 15 signatures

      Olivia Chu
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for all those who have signed! Please help me spread the work via email &/or social media, I would be most grateful!

    9. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bobby Calvert HAWICK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Now we have a Government that takes the food from our children's mouth in the name of Humanity go your Government has failed

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    • Bobby Calvert HAWICK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Now we have a Government that takes the food from our children's mouth in the name of Humanity go your Government has failed

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    • Lesley Hunt-de-Perez NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Some mothers have no other option if they are working to keep their children's lives above the poverty line! good on them for trying to provide for their kids themselves ...instead of having to be on benefits!

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    • John Keys ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      30 years as a Special Needs Governor at primary level and we are trying to keep our breakfast club running for this very vallied reason

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    • Jacqueline Keys ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      For all the reasons addressed by Olivia Chu.... Also I worked in a primary school for 20 years as a welfare assistant and have seen first hand, children starting the day hungry and the effect it has throughout the day.

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