School’s out and the summer holidays are here. For many families, that means the safety net of a guaranteed free school meal and a day of childcare is whipped away.
Too many parents are left wondering how they are going to earn enough money to support their family while giving their children the summer holiday they deserve.
The statistics speak for themselves. Nearly six in 10 families struggled to cover essentials like food, rent, transport and childcare during the pandemic. We’re now facing a cost of living crisis, with the prices of fuel, food and food all shooting up.
On top of that, more than four million children in the UK were in households below the poverty line before the pandemic, a number which could top five million by April 2023.
- Will free school meals and vouchers be offered over the summer holidays?
- How to find an affordable holiday club for the summer break
Between April 2021 and March 2022, food banks in the Trussell Trust’s UK wide network distributed over 2.1 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis. A total of 832,000 of these parcels went to children.
And new research has found half of parents in the UK will be unable to meet their childcare needs over the summer holidays. The average place at a holiday club has jumped by 5 per cent and now costs £148 a week – more than double what parents pay for an after-school club during term time. Families across the country will be left almost £900 out of pocket during summer holidays.