About the bill
Frank Field MP is putting forward the School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill, to require local authorities to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children during school holidays.
The bill, which has cross-party backing, would give local authorities the duties and the resources they need to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children who would otherwise go without.
Frank gave notice of the bill in Parliament on 20th July 2017 which means it will formally be presented and receive its first reading on 5th September. The second reading is expected to be mid-late October.
How you can help
Your supporters can contact their constituency MP and ask them to support the bill.
Prior to the presentation of the bill on 5th September, the key ask is for bank bench MPs to lend their support as sponsors of the bill. To do this, the MP needs to email Frank Field MP who is presenting the bill, and confirm their support (email@example.com).
So far, over 100 MPs have already pledged their support. The list will be published at the end of August- if you would like to check before then if an MP has already pledged their support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When the bill is formally presented in Parliament in September, people can then ask their MPs to support by voting for the bill. We will publish the key dates of votes here once this is announced.
Projects running Holiday Clubs over the summer:
- Invite your local MP to visit your project over the summer holidays, so they can see the great work you’re doing and the difference it makes to children and their families.
- Speak to your MP about the Bill and request they support it.
- Complete the survey from Northumbria University. It takes roughly five minutes and will help provide greater insight in to the location and types of Holiday Hunger clubs. Deadline is 18th August.
- Collect evidence. The more evidence we can provide to MPs to help them make the case, the better. We know clubs are under a lot of pressure, but if you can share data on the number of children fed, and case studies/ quotes showing both need and the benefits of holiday programmes, that would be very helpful.
Take part in the conversation by following us on Twitter @Feeding_Britain and using the #HolidayProvisionBill