Parents are to be hit with a double whammy over school meals which could see them break the £2 barrier.
Thousands of Huddersfield families look set to have to pay an extra 5p a day on meals from next January.
And it has also emerged that council chiefs are looking at bringing in another rise in costs in September of next year.
The move comes after the council admitted it “omitted” to include school meals in a schedule of price rises due from next month.
Kirklees Cabinet are being urged to back the rise in the current price of £1.90.
It will mean that by the start of the September 2015 school year the cost of a meal will be at least £2.
Many thousands of children have school meals at primary and high schools across Kirklees.
A report to the Cabinet on August 26 – which will also look at massive cuts in council services and job losses – says the price should go up by 5p from January.
“The selling price of a school meal has for many years been reviewed each year as part of the annual review of fees and charges.
“It increased by 5p per meal other than in 2009 and 2012, when a decision was made to freeze the prices in light of the economic situation facing parents and the satisfactory financial performance of the service.
“A proposed increase for September 2014 was omitted from the annual review of fees and charges.
“In the current financial year the service faces significant cost pressures namely food inflation and a wage award.
“There is a desire to maintain the service in a surplus position and therefore a increase of 5p per meal is needed in January 2015 and then in September 2015 a return to the annual increases”.
Council officials estimate it will bring in an extra £239,000 per year.
Meanwhile, the autumn term will see children under seven get free school meals.
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.