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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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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