Children's diet a can of worms
3:06pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Letters
COUNCILLOR Matthew Evans is right to say that breakfast clubs in schools should be removed, and Matthew Pimm (Argus, March 11) displays a careless attitude towards ratepayers’ money by disagreeing. It is the parent’s responsibility to see that their children are fed before they go to school in the morning, and if the staff noticed any problems it is their job to contact the parents and/or social services.
Matthew Pimm mentions that several years ago he was part of a research team in South Wales that investigated children’s diets, frequently finding fault with parents who didn’t feed their off-spring properly, and sometimes to a criminal extent. But did the team do anything with this information? Were the parents and/or relevant authorities informed? Was anybody penalised for neglect? I note that he lays the blame for the present situation at the Tories’ door, but several years ago (several being more than three) Labour was in charge at Westminster. But did he blame them just as zealously?
Mr A Greenhalgh Ross Street Newport