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What the summer holidays are really like for low-income families

From rising childcare costs to benefit delays, for many, the summer holidays are far from fun. It's time we changed that

By Emily Morris  

Children playing football on the Carrow Road pitch before the game between Norwich City and Ipswich Town

School’s out for summer, but it’s not good news for everyone. The six-week summer stretch off might sound fun, but for low-income parents, it’s a logistical and financial nightmare—and for many children, it means going desperately hungry.

For working parents, there’s the childcare issue. I often hear people counting down the months or even years until their small children start school, believing things will get easier when they do. But…

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