POOR parents can send their children to holiday camps next year to cut childcare and food costs with government funding.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan today announces £200m after-hours funding to clubs to support low-income families.
Under this scheme, local authorities organize activities such as football and cooking for low-income students and feed them for free.
The latest statistics show that 600,000 foster children through 11th grade used the program this summer in more than 8,000 clubs.
Parents feared that Jeremy Hunt’s spending cuts might force ministers to cut back on the scheme.
But in the Autumn Statement, education was one of the few departments to receive a boost, receiving a £2bn increase.
Ms. Keegan said: “Giving children access to nutritious meals and entertainment, enriching activities during the holidays promotes children’s mental, physical and social development and offers them opportunities they might not otherwise have while helping parents who may be unable to afford similar child care. “.
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