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Bid for more children to get free school meals

Councillors are expected to approve the plans for more children in Cumbria to get free school meals. It comes 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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£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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