This week Lucy sat on a panel held in Parliament to look at the Costs of Going to School. This inquiry is being run the by the Children's Society Children’s Commission on Poverty.
Lucy met with a group of young commissioners, witnesses and adult panellists to develop a clearer picture on how poverty affects children in school, what support is provided to children in these positions and what the possible solutions are.
The sessions focused on the cost of going to school for children in poverty, such as the cost of school meals and issues attached to school uniform. The Poverty Inquiry aims to uncover the true financial and emotional costs of poverty in school life. Looking at what school looks and feels like through the eyes of children is a way of tackling this problem at its roots.
Lucy, the adult panellists and the young commissioners were given the opportunity to ask the witnesses questions related to poverty in schools and the witnesses could also give advice on how to address some of the problems identified in the questions.
Lucy Powell MP commented:
"This was an important opportunity to understand the problem of poverty in schools through the eyes of young people. It is a great initiative by the Children’s Society.”
“Poverty affects children in so many ways and it is young people themselves who are best placed to tell politicians and professionals about the impact this can have on their daily lives.”
“These young people did a great job and I want to congratulate them on their important work.”