Hull school meals scheme delay blasted

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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A councillor has called on families in Hull to complain after it emerged that cheaper school meals may not be introduced until months later than originally hoped.

The health and wellbeing board at Hull City Council voted unanimously to cut school meals from £1 to 50p for all primary-school pupils, equating to annual savings of £120 for each child.

A £500,000 subsidy for the costs was approved by the board three months ago but most schools have still not passed the savings on to parents and are unlikely to introduce the price cut before 2015.

Councillor Colin Inglis, chairman of the health and wellbeing board, has urged families to complain about the delay in the introduction of the price cuts.

Mr Inglis added that he could not imagine why any headteacher or governing body would want to postpone the scheme.

But concerns have been raised by headteachers that the pupil premium – the money schools get when a child is entitled to free meals – will be adversely affected by lower prices.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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