The cost of living crisis is affecting all of our school communities. In 2022, our families experienced rising food costs, record levels of inflation, and a surge in their energy prices that has still not abated. And things will not get easier this year with food inflation alone expected to hit 17̂% (Nabarro, 2022).
Schools are seeing more families in need – and this goes beyond the labels of Pupil Premium or free school meals. An analysis published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Stone et al, 2022), calculated that a single person needs to earn £25,500 a year to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living in 2022/23. Couples with children need to earn £43,400.
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