William Powell AM calls on Welsh Government to reconsider fast food van ban outside schools
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has called on the Welsh Government to look again at proposals to establish exclusion zones for fast food vans around Welsh schools.
William Powell AM, said:
"In recent months concerned parents in Ceredigion have contacted me regarding how excessive queues and insufficient catering are causing their children to miss out on hot meals during the school day.
"This is often forcing some children to seek less healthy alternatives such as pizza and chips, and many across Wales are resorting to purchasing food from fast food vans which appear at break times in the vicinity of schools.
"The presence of such vans - and the temptation they bring - can jeopardise pupil health and must be addressed as part of a wider push to improve school meals. This would also help to ensure that all Welsh children have access to a healthy hot meal during the school day.
"Every primary school pupil should be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day. It will help with their studies and also ensure they are receiving a healthy diet.
"Many thousands of parents across the country are feeling the squeeze. During the course of a year, the average family spends £400 on lunch for each child. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are determined to ease the financial burden for these families and give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and a fairer society.
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have recently launched a petition calling on the Welsh Labour Government to introduce a free hot lunch scheme for all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. I urge people to visit our website and sign the online petition to let the Welsh Labour Government know the strength of feeling on this issue."