Free breakfast scheme for Blackpool school children

Children in Blackpool could be given a free breakfast as part of a scheme to improve behaviour, attendance and standards in schools.

From January, the town's 12,000 primary school pupils could receive free milk, fruit juice, cereal or toast as part of the three-month trial.

Blackpool Council's executive will discuss the proposals on Monday.

Council leader Simon Blackburn said "under-nourishment is a real problem" in the town.

He said: "We see and hear of children attending school who quite clearly haven't had breakfast, and are not therefore able to learn.

"It will ensure children start the day in the right way. It will encourage them to continue the good habit of eating a balanced breakfast."

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