The Government has been urged to extend support for families to stop children going hungry during the school holidays. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said MPs on the panel and the Education Select Committee heard "profoundly distressing" evidence from mothers who spoke of their struggles during the summer holidays.
Mr Field is calling on the Government to extend a pilot scheme which supports children eligible for free school meals during the summer break. His committee has just published a report looking at levels of poverty and destitution in the UK.
A Government spokesman said: "We're helping people to improve their lives through work and ensuring those on a low income keep more of what they earn by increasing the National Living Wage and cutting taxes for 32 million people."There are more people in work than ever before and wages continue to outstrip inflation, but we recognise that some families need more support."