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Dagenham & Rainham MP backs plans for breakfast clubs at primary schools

Jon Cruddas said the clubs would help children learn

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham has backed Labour’s plan to introduce breakfast clubs to every primary school in England. 

The party’s research has found there are more than 52,000 students in Greater London who have limited access to breakfast clubs. It shows 74 per cent of primary schools in the capital have barriers that stop disadvantaged children from accessing the clubs. 

“That so many children do not have full access to crucial before-school childcare deals a damaging blow to families in areas like Dagenham & Rainham,” said Labour MP Jon Cruddas. 

“The evidence is clear: breakfast clubs raise standards of learning for children, give parents choices and will help us build the economy of the future.

“This policy will be a gamechanger for working families in my constituency and will set us on the road to a functional system of childcare.”

Figures from Magic Breakfast suggest there are 3,021 primary schools across the country who do not offer breakfast clubs, leaving 838,000 pupils without access to one. 

Labour said it would fund the scheme by “abolishing non-dom tax status for the global super rich”. It estimates that families would save £60 a week if it was implemented.

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