The cost of free school meals

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all 4-7 year olds get free school meals.

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£5 million to repair Cumbria's roads

Cumbria County Council has received just under £5 million to repair potholes across the region.

It's estimated that there are 91,000 potholes in Cumbria and that there are three million across the country. It is part of the biggest investment in roads in England since the 1970's, according to the government.

£168m has been allocated to councils in England Credit: PA

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£1.15 million set for school meals

In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000. Credit: PA

From September Cumbrian schools will have an extra £1.15m to make sure all four to seven year olds get free school meals.In Cumbria 2168 children get free school meals but in September it will be 15,000.

That's because at the moment it's only for low income families but the government has set aside more money so all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will get them.

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Plans for more free school meals in Cumbria

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September Credit: PA

15,000 children in Cumbria could be entitled to free school meals from this September, if the County Council gives the decision the go-ahead.

Councillors are expected to approve the plans, after new national legislation ruled all schools should give pupils in reception and years one and two a free school meal.

Everyone asked to consider providing foster care

More than 600 children in Cumbria are currently in care and badly need a safe home. But at the moment there are just 200 households that are involved in fostering.

Nearly a third of people wrongly think they wouldn't be considered suitable.

Cumbria County Council is asking everyone to think about whether they could look after a child and this year it's emphasising the need for employers to support staff who want to take on the role.

Tim Backshall reports:

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