Nearly 4,500 children in Poole to benefit from free school meals when charge is scrapped

Bournemouth Echo: Nearly 4,500 children in Poole to benefit from free school meals when charge is scrapped Nearly 4,500 children in Poole to benefit from free school meals when charge is scrapped

NEARLY 4,500 Poole schoolchildren will benefit from a government move to offer free school meals.

Parents’ pockets will be boosted by more than £400 per child per year when the charge for school meals for five to seven-year-olds is scrapped in September 2014.

The new policy will affect 4,499 infant school children throughout the borough.

The free school meals policy was announced by the coalition’s Deputy Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, and has been welcomed by Cllr Phil Eades, Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Poole and the town’s mayor.

“This is great news for families and children in Poole,” said Cllr Eades.

“It means every child in reception, Years One and Two will benefit from a free hot meal at lunchtime. And mums and dads will be over £400 a year better off for each child. We are determined to ease the financial burden for these families and give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

The policy was confirmed in the government’s Autumn Statement and funding of £450m in 2014-15 and £635m in 2015-16 will be made available to the Department for Education.

Capital of £150m will also be made available to ensure schools can build new kitchens or increase dining capacity where necessary, says the coalition.

“A recent independent review for the Department for Education found that, in pilots where all children had been given a free school dinner, they were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat healthily at lunchtime,” said Cllr Eades.

Nick Clegg said: “Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and we are doing all we can to help ease the pressure on household budgets.”

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10:46am Thu 2 Jan 14

elite50 says...

Every child does indeed deserve to have a hot meal.
However, the responsibility rests with the parents.
This "hand out" mentality needs to stop and stop now.
Every child does indeed deserve to have a hot meal. However, the responsibility rests with the parents. This "hand out" mentality needs to stop and stop now. elite50

11:13am Thu 2 Jan 14

Moro99 says...

Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome .
Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome . Moro99

11:14am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith milton says...

government does nowt for nothing,
agenda 21????
must contain toxic GMO ingredients...Mmmmmm
...yummy....
government does nowt for nothing, agenda 21???? must contain toxic GMO ingredients...Mmmmmm ...yummy.... keith milton

11:25am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

I think you will find it's not just Poole , it's nationally .
I think you will find it's not just Poole , it's nationally . skydriver

11:34am Thu 2 Jan 14

John T says...

Yes, we must stop these handouts to bankers and others, including the likes of the large financial institutions who, like that other Twist, will keep coming back for more, as they would have done with the Royal Mail 'Giveaway'.
I can obviously deduce from your username, elite 50, that you must be a dedicated follower of Dave Cameron's mantra that 'we are all in this together'.
Yes, we must stop these handouts to bankers and others, including the likes of the large financial institutions who, like that other Twist, will keep coming back for more, as they would have done with the Royal Mail 'Giveaway'. I can obviously deduce from your username, elite 50, that you must be a dedicated follower of Dave Cameron's mantra that 'we are all in this together'. John T

11:44am Thu 2 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

lol
how sad
lol how sad nickynoodah

12:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

elite50 says...

John T wrote:
Yes, we must stop these handouts to bankers and others, including the likes of the large financial institutions who, like that other Twist, will keep coming back for more, as they would have done with the Royal Mail 'Giveaway'.
I can obviously deduce from your username, elite 50, that you must be a dedicated follower of Dave Cameron's mantra that 'we are all in this together'.
My username comes off the name on my wife's hair dryer.
We are not "all in this together".
We are all responsible for our families.
If bankers offend you, tear up your credit card (I bet you don't).
I am only dedicated to people standing up and protecting their families, Country and beliefs (I have to say that the muslims don't rate too high with me).
Take it back 60 years and my catholic mother got a tough time too!
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: Yes, we must stop these handouts to bankers and others, including the likes of the large financial institutions who, like that other Twist, will keep coming back for more, as they would have done with the Royal Mail 'Giveaway'. I can obviously deduce from your username, elite 50, that you must be a dedicated follower of Dave Cameron's mantra that 'we are all in this together'.[/p][/quote]My username comes off the name on my wife's hair dryer. We are not "all in this together". We are all responsible for our families. If bankers offend you, tear up your credit card (I bet you don't). I am only dedicated to people standing up and protecting their families, Country and beliefs (I have to say that the muslims don't rate too high with me). Take it back 60 years and my catholic mother got a tough time too! elite50

12:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Moro99 wrote:
Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome .
Council tax payers do take an interest in how their money is spent, the problem is that they don't have a say in how their money is spent.
[quote][p][bold]Moro99[/bold] wrote: Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome .[/p][/quote]Council tax payers do take an interest in how their money is spent, the problem is that they don't have a say in how their money is spent. Hessenford

4:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

chrisii1991 says...

anything for those without kids who pay council tax?
anything for those without kids who pay council tax? chrisii1991

5:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
anything for those without kids who pay council tax?
Another one who want something for nothing.
Why do people only think of themselves , me me me .
I welcome the comments on this one .
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: anything for those without kids who pay council tax?[/p][/quote]Another one who want something for nothing. Why do people only think of themselves , me me me . I welcome the comments on this one . skydriver

6:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

Another great idea from Cleggy ( I sold my soul down the river)

My kids always had nutritious packed lunches made by oneself as the school did not have kitchen suitable for hot food.
One day my daughter came home complaining she wanted a special school white lunch bag as they had better stuff in them,I was horrified!
Another great idea from Cleggy ( I sold my soul down the river) My kids always had nutritious packed lunches made by oneself as the school did not have kitchen suitable for hot food. One day my daughter came home complaining she wanted a special school white lunch bag as they had better stuff in them,I was horrified! RageAgainstTheMachine

1:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

billd766 says...

This is nothing new. Back in the 1950s when I were a lad my family were poor. My Dad was a roadsweeper for the council until he had a accident and couldn't work and my Mum was a housewife (remember them?).

I used to get free school meals at Oakdale School and then at Henry Harbin and I wasn't the only one from the area either.
This is nothing new. Back in the 1950s when I were a lad my family were poor. My Dad was a roadsweeper for the council until he had a accident and couldn't work and my Mum was a housewife (remember them?). I used to get free school meals at Oakdale School and then at Henry Harbin and I wasn't the only one from the area either. billd766

4:01pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ajj-dorset says...

I wonder if Councilor Eades will come on here and conform this policy is for every infant age child to receive a free HOT meal?
I wonder if Councilor Eades will come on here and conform this policy is for every infant age child to receive a free HOT meal? ajj-dorset

4:09pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ajj-dorset says...

Hessenford wrote:
Moro99 wrote:
Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome .
Council tax payers do take an interest in how their money is spent, the problem is that they don't have a say in how their money is spent.
This isn't council tax, aside from any additional capital spend, it is education budget..
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moro99[/bold] wrote: Council tax payers should at least take an interest in how their money is spent, I don't mind so much contributing to good wholesome food, but many if the contracts are given to companies who ship in food which is nutritious technically but not really healthy or wholesome .[/p][/quote]Council tax payers do take an interest in how their money is spent, the problem is that they don't have a say in how their money is spent.[/p][/quote]This isn't council tax, aside from any additional capital spend, it is education budget.. ajj-dorset

8:59pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ajj-dorset says...

Come on Mr Eades, please explain what exactly the lib dems are promising?

Is it a free HOT meal for all infant children or not.?
Come on Mr Eades, please explain what exactly the lib dems are promising? Is it a free HOT meal for all infant children or not.? ajj-dorset

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