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York Secondary Schools to Tackle Poverty


12:01am 30th May 2012

York’s Youth Councillors have been working for the past year to look at ways of addressing poverty among young people in the city.

They were concerned to find that 4,705 children and young people in the city were living in poverty in 2009.

On the 30th of May the Youth Council are bringing together head teachers, school councils, school bursars and caterers to look at how they can work together to improve the situation of pupils.

They have developed a resource pack for schools to support them in developing best practice around reducing the costs of school uniform, and increasing awareness and take up of free school meals, which they will launch at the event.

Katie Walker, chair of York Youth Council says:

"We hope that by working with schools to make small changes to school uniforms and in the system for allocating free school meals outlined in our best practice guides, we can help to take the pressure off families in poverty."

Pete Dwyer, Directors Adults Children and Education for City of York Council says:

"I welcome the focused work of the Youth Council and congratulate them on their willingness to make a real difference on such significant issues. I am confident that  their work and recommendations will be seriously considered across the school community."

The launch of the Anti- Poverty Campaign is taking place on Wednesday 30th May 5.15-7pm at Millthorpe school and will be attended by Headteachers and Senior Officers including Pete Dwyer of City of York Council.

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