Poverty: Children

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the relationship between parents' cooking skills and child poverty in families.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

We have not made an assessment of the relationship between parents' cooking skills and child poverty in families.

However, food and nutrition in schools and nurseries is being improved as a result of the introduction of new standards over the past three years.

Sure Start Children's Centres educate children about healthy living from a young age, engaging parents to promote a whole-family approach to eating well and keeping active. Centres deliver activities that encourage an understanding of the importance of diet and nutrition in improving children's health, and provide one to one support for children and parents who are already obese.

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