All Powys primary schools providing Breakfast Clubs will have the funding for them axed by the Tory/Independent-run Powys County Council from 1st April this year. Without the funding it is unlikely that the Breakfast Clubs, which since 2013 have provided healthy food to vulnerable children and essential childcare support for busy parents, will continue.
The Welsh Lib Dem-Green Group have reacted furiously, after seeing a letter sent to parents from Llanfaes C.P. School in Brecon, confirming this. Opposition councillors were not made aware of the planned cut in budget seminars recently held as part of the scrutiny process in the run up to the Budget vote on 24th February.
Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem-Green Group Leader Cllr James Gibson-Watt said:
“This is outrageous. Breakfast Clubs are hugely important for the nutrition, welfare and educational attainment of many of our most vulnerable young children. For this decision to have been made and announced to schools without any opportunity for input, consultation or scrutiny from councillors, parents, teachers or the public beggars belief.
“It also appears that no impact assessment examining the likely consequences of this funding withdrawal has been carried out. If such an assessment has been produced, it should now be made public.”