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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something
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Tesco staff across UK await news on store closures

Tesco is not yet disclosing the locations of the 43 stores to close but Mr Lewis revealed that a "significant proportion" would be Tesco Express convenience shops Credit: PA

The 43 Tesco stores facing closure have not yet been made public but a "significant proportion" will be Tesco Express convenience stores at sites across the country.

New chief executive Dave Lewis has not yet indicated the scale of the job losses at the beleaguered supermarket, with full details set to be known by April.

Employees affected by the closures will be informed over "coming months".

Head office jobs will also see cuts as Tesco cuts overheads by 30%.

Mr Lewis said he understood how the announcement would hit "hard-working people", adding: "I am not immune to the impact of the decisions we have had to take on our colleagues."

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Tesco CEO: We have very difficult changes to make

Tesco's new chief executive Dave Lewis acknowledged that the supermarket has "some very difficult changes to make" as it unveiled new measures in a bid to reduce its capital expenditure and cut costs by £250 million a year.

I am very conscious that the consequences of these changes are significant for all stakeholders in our business but we are facing the reality of the situation.

Our recent performance gives us confidence that when we pull together and put the customer first we can deliver the right results.

– Chief executive Dave Lewis
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