John Penrose is half-right about breakfast clubs

  New Statesman 

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The Conservative MP is under fire for a letter to a constituent. But his description of the original purpose of the scheme is correct.  " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> John Penrose, the Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare, is under fire after a letter he wrote to a constituent saying that breakfast clubs for “children with chaotic parents”. His remarks have been written up by, among others, theMirror, the Metro, Sky News and his local newspaper. There is just one problem with the story: what Penrose said is true, and trivially so. The purpose of breakfast clubs is to provide breakfasts yes, in part for children from families on low incomes but primarily for children with chaotic lives and complex care needs. Households who are unable to provide breakfast to their families through lack of means are supposed to be supported via cash transfers - the point and purpose of breakfast clubs

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