Kirklees Councillors hike school dinner cost

School dinners to rise by 5p in January - with further increases in coming years

School dinners.

School dinners will cost more from next year.

Kirklees Cabinet agreed to increase the price of a two-course school dinner by 5p to £1.95 from January.

And parents can expect annual increases from September 2015, which will take the cost of a single dinner above the £2 barrier.

Kirklees classes school meals as an ‘income-generating service’ and says the service faces “significant cost pressures, namely food inflation and a bottom loaded wage award”.

Council officials estimate it will bring in an extra £239,000 per year.

The hike will impact parents of junior school-age children, however all infants will get a free school dinner until July 2016 as part of a nationally-funded scheme.

The new initiative introduced by the Government will help parents in Kirklees to save up to £5.2m on school lunches. Each parent could save up to £400 a year as the age limit for free meals rises to cover children in reception and Years 1 and 2.

 
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