The under claiming of free school meals and other benefits by families of Kingston children will be on the agenda at a seminar next month.

There are 4,930 children living in poverty in Kingston according to the official figures.

Families who earn less than £17,500 a year are eligible to claim free meals from Kingston Council.

The Child Poverty seminar organised by Kingston Voluntary Action is aiming to find out why families are reluctant to claim.

Schools can also claim a premium of £430 for each pupil classed as poor towards the school budget.

The seminar will take place on May 18.