18 Aug '14

News English councils report £25m shortfall on free school meals programme

Local Government Association says funding to bring kitchens up to scratch has fallen short in almost half of local authority areasThe government's flagship free school meals programme is in disarray as councils and schools have not received enough cash in time for the new school year beginning next month, according to a study.The Local Government Association (LGA) said government funding to bring school kitchens up to scratch had fallen short in almost half of local authority areas in England. The shortfall among councils that responded to the survey totalled £25.8m, and the national total is likely to be significantly higher. Continue reading...

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