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Free meals: The cost to schools and the government

From September, primary schools in Cumbria will see the number of school meals they produce rise from just over 2000 to 15,000.

They'll receive more than a million pounds more to spend on meals, but one school claims it'll cost a lot more and schools will end up out of pocket.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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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.

Public meeting to discuss plans for parking charges

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a public meeting tonight to discuss county council plans for on-street parking charges.

The Windermere and Bowness action group will host the meeting about the issue.

Cumbria County Council have approved plans to introduce charges in eleven towns across the region.

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.

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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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