Alarm as thousands of poorest Bradford children miss out on free school meals

LOSING OUT: Around 2,000 children in Bradford are missing the free school meals they are entitled to

LOSING OUT: Around 2,000 children in Bradford are missing the free school meals they are entitled to

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AROUND 2,000 poor Bradford children are missing out on their free school meals, alarmed MPs are warning.

One in every 11 eligible pupils in the city do not receive free healthy dinners, according to figures released to a Parliamentary inquiry into hunger and poverty.

That proportion – nine per cent - is the highest in West Yorkshire, while local councils in other parts of the country achieve 100 per cent take up.

Now the inquiry is poised to recommend that all town halls adopt a pioneering scheme which automatically registers pupils for free dinners and avoids the “stigma” of applications.

Frank Field, the Labour MP leading the probe, said: “The evidence we have received shows schools can be, and often are, a highly effective line of defence against hunger.

“Free school meals are of enormous help to families getting by on a low income as they remove some of the pressure on weekly household budgets.

"But thousands of children are missing out on a good meal each day because of where they live.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford’s executive member for education, acknowledged the Council did “need to do more”, but insisted it was moving towards auto registration.

He said: “We are aware there is an issue of some families not going through the claims process, particularly what is called the ‘working poor’.

“They are people in poverty but where someone is in work, where there can be a resistance towards claiming state benefits, but we are working very hard to narrow the gap.”

Under auto-registration – adopted by some local councils in the North-East - parents are not required to fill in application forms for free school meals.

Instead, schools supply the names of parents, as well as their national insurance numbers and dates of birth, which are then matched against lists of people receiving other income-related benefits.

It is then a simple process for the council to tell the school which pupils are eligible for free meals – and for those children not to be charged.

Cllr Berry added: “We are working with schools on providing a screening and prompting system, in order to increase take-up.”

The Department for Education figures – covering pupils aged between four and 15 – show no eligible children are missing out on free school meals in Kirklees.

However, they are in both Calderdale (400, or seven per cent) and Leeds (1,000, or five per cent).

Auto-registration was set by the DfE but councils are not compelled to adopt it.

The figures were revealed as Mr Field warned that more poor pupils could miss out when free meals are introduced for all four-to-seven-year-olds, next month.

The flagship Liberal Democrat policy has been botched, with councils across the country forced to spend an estimated £25 million of their own cash to build extra kitchens and provide the food.

Mr Field warned of a “first come, first served” policy where schools lacked capacity – forcing older eligible children to the back of the queue.

But a DfE spokesman said: “There is no evidence to suggest extending this to all infant pupils will negatively impact on those children.”

And the policy won strong praise from medical experts who, in a letter in today’s Telegraph & Argus, argue it can help tackle childhood obesity.

They write: “We applaud the Government for their support of universal infant free school meals and the school food plan.

“Only one per cent of packed lunches meet the nutritional standards which apply to school food and there is evidence that children who eat a healthy school lunch consume more vegetables and fewer fizzy drinks and crisps.

“Providing a free healthy school lunch is a simple and effective way to improve children’s diets.”

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6:47am Thu 28 Aug 14

Big Bad Honey Badger says...

My sons school ask that those who claim for free meals do so, but the school realise that not everyone is entitled even when they should be, therefore the school budget and fundraise all year round to ensure that ALL (yes ALL) children get a free hot meal every day.
My sons school ask that those who claim for free meals do so, but the school realise that not everyone is entitled even when they should be, therefore the school budget and fundraise all year round to ensure that ALL (yes ALL) children get a free hot meal every day. Big Bad Honey Badger
  • Score: 28

6:50am Thu 28 Aug 14

Albion. says...

“Providing a free healthy school lunch is a simple and effective way to improve children’s diets.”

That's very true, but so is responsible parenting.
“Providing a free healthy school lunch is a simple and effective way to improve children’s diets.” That's very true, but so is responsible parenting. Albion.
  • Score: 22

7:22am Thu 28 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

Better lunch equals better results
Better lunch equals better results bd7 helper
  • Score: 22

7:49am Thu 28 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

bd7 helper wrote:
Better lunch equals better results
True, but what is school food like?
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: Better lunch equals better results[/p][/quote]True, but what is school food like? Joedavid
  • Score: 3

8:01am Thu 28 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

What is difficult about a qualifing family applying? It is not the councils job to be getting involved in applications, what is the cost going to be? If you qualify then apply, if you qualify and don't apply that's your decision. People should start taking responsibility for their own lives.
What is difficult about a qualifing family applying? It is not the councils job to be getting involved in applications, what is the cost going to be? If you qualify then apply, if you qualify and don't apply that's your decision. People should start taking responsibility for their own lives. OLDLAD
  • Score: 24

8:35am Thu 28 Aug 14

alive and awake says...

Thick parents.
Thick parents. alive and awake
  • Score: 8

9:08am Thu 28 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

Well done to Council once again. Doing us folk proud :NOT

fault clearly is with the council. Excuse after excuse with every other thing with this farcical bunch in city hall and their cronies in the privatised sector.

Kids are going hungry and as Mr berry put the council are aware of it. Kitchens need to be made or modernised and this is taking forever.

Sack the lot of em I say. These tyrants are not fit for purpose and should be replaced or abolished.

Every other league table Bradford is at the bottom yet those at city hall just call for critics to chill out as they sort it out. The sooner we get rid of these losers the better. I can do a much better job then these losers we have running the show.
Well done to Council once again. Doing us folk proud :NOT fault clearly is with the council. Excuse after excuse with every other thing with this farcical bunch in city hall and their cronies in the privatised sector. Kids are going hungry and as Mr berry put the council are aware of it. Kitchens need to be made or modernised and this is taking forever. Sack the lot of em I say. These tyrants are not fit for purpose and should be replaced or abolished. Every other league table Bradford is at the bottom yet those at city hall just call for critics to chill out as they sort it out. The sooner we get rid of these losers the better. I can do a much better job then these losers we have running the show. Not so simple
  • Score: 2

9:55am Thu 28 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

I dont understand the problem here

If you are entitled to free school meals you apply dont you?

If you dont you only have yourself to blame if you dont receive them so therefore have to either pay or make packed lunches.

Whats the big problem here?
I dont understand the problem here If you are entitled to free school meals you apply dont you? If you dont you only have yourself to blame if you dont receive them so therefore have to either pay or make packed lunches. Whats the big problem here? BCFC1911
  • Score: 6

10:43am Thu 28 Aug 14

Soapboxcity says...

I think free school meals for kids that need them is great but can't help wondering how many have parentswho manage to find £7 a day for a pack of ciggies?
I think free school meals for kids that need them is great but can't help wondering how many have parentswho manage to find £7 a day for a pack of ciggies? Soapboxcity
  • Score: 36

11:41am Thu 28 Aug 14

tinytoonster says...

not a very good meal.
looks like prison food!
not a very good meal. looks like prison food! tinytoonster
  • Score: -7

12:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

What we need is £23476534466,786543
2233 in translation fees, so everybody knows what there entitled to!!!.
What we need is £23476534466,786543 2233 in translation fees, so everybody knows what there entitled to!!!. They only do damage!
  • Score: 6

2:28pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Baildon girl says...

Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be.

Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one

Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it
Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be. Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it Baildon girl
  • Score: 14

2:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Baildon girl wrote:
Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be.

Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one

Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it
I agree its disgusting how some scratter parents treat the system.

How is it difficult to make your children a pack lunch everyday. If anything free school meals should be for working parents and the scroungers should be made to put up packed lunches. This will then teach their kids that you go without if you don't work and contribute rather than being handed everything on a plate for nothing

Same should apply to school trips/ trip lunches etc. Either everyone pay for them or you simply you do not go.

Oh forgot though we cant upset the scratter parents can we. Thanks Labour
[quote][p][bold]Baildon girl[/bold] wrote: Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be. Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it[/p][/quote]I agree its disgusting how some scratter parents treat the system. How is it difficult to make your children a pack lunch everyday. If anything free school meals should be for working parents and the scroungers should be made to put up packed lunches. This will then teach their kids that you go without if you don't work and contribute rather than being handed everything on a plate for nothing Same should apply to school trips/ trip lunches etc. Either everyone pay for them or you simply you do not go. Oh forgot though we cant upset the scratter parents can we. Thanks Labour BCFC1911
  • Score: 11

2:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

They only do damage! wrote:
What we need is £23476534466,786543

2233 in translation fees, so everybody knows what there entitled to!!!.
Also £1.63 in grammar lessons.
[quote][p][bold]They only do damage![/bold] wrote: What we need is £23476534466,786543 2233 in translation fees, so everybody knows what there entitled to!!!.[/p][/quote]Also £1.63 in grammar lessons. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -2

2:51pm Thu 28 Aug 14

pellethead says...

Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income. pellethead
  • Score: 8

3:01pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

pellethead wrote:
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Exactly....Either all get it or none at all.

And if "feckless" parents are unable to even pack their children a lunch for school then the children should be removed from their care as they clearly cannot look after them
[quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.[/p][/quote]Exactly....Either all get it or none at all. And if "feckless" parents are unable to even pack their children a lunch for school then the children should be removed from their care as they clearly cannot look after them BCFC1911
  • Score: 9

3:03pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

pellethead wrote:
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Even to millionaires' kids ?

(I really hope you're not going to say 'yes')
[quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.[/p][/quote]Even to millionaires' kids ? (I really hope you're not going to say 'yes') Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -2

3:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

pcmanners says...

It is not the job of the state to feed children. That responsibility lies with the parents. After the next election all education will be privatised and strictly for profit. If schools choose to provide restaurant facilities then children who wish to use this facility will be expected to pay full market prices.

As today's survey shows it is the rich who are working hardest to govern this country. The poor are making very little contribution. They just scrounge benefits. There is no point in feeding their offspring, the country will see no benefit. Free school meals are not cost effective.
It is not the job of the state to feed children. That responsibility lies with the parents. After the next election all education will be privatised and strictly for profit. If schools choose to provide restaurant facilities then children who wish to use this facility will be expected to pay full market prices. As today's survey shows it is the rich who are working hardest to govern this country. The poor are making very little contribution. They just scrounge benefits. There is no point in feeding their offspring, the country will see no benefit. Free school meals are not cost effective. pcmanners
  • Score: 8

3:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
pellethead wrote:
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Even to millionaires' kids ?

(I really hope you're not going to say 'yes')
Yes

Their parents have earned their money and paid their taxes so why not. They will have contributed a hell of a lot more to society than the "poor"
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.[/p][/quote]Even to millionaires' kids ? (I really hope you're not going to say 'yes')[/p][/quote]Yes Their parents have earned their money and paid their taxes so why not. They will have contributed a hell of a lot more to society than the "poor" BCFC1911
  • Score: 13

3:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

micela22 says...

& who is paying for the Free School Meals for all? & if the above photograph is representative of a current day school meal no wonder no one wants to pay or eat them
& who is paying for the Free School Meals for all? & if the above photograph is representative of a current day school meal no wonder no one wants to pay or eat them micela22
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

Another league table and Bradford is at the bottom. The fault clearly lies with the Council, and you would have thought that good old fashioned social democratic policies would have the unqualified support of our ruling Labour party. But Cllr Green has probably noticed that children can't vote.
Another league table and Bradford is at the bottom. The fault clearly lies with the Council, and you would have thought that good old fashioned social democratic policies would have the unqualified support of our ruling Labour party. But Cllr Green has probably noticed that children can't vote. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 7

3:55pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Tyke69 says...

Has anyone actually seen what the kids eat at school? My daughter used to have school meals (we paid) but now we give her a packed lunch. I attended a parents meeting and everyone was complaining about how poor the meals are and the children are still going home hungry. Children in Reception were being given the same portion size as children in Year 6 and the caterer refused to change their policy. The children who went into the dinner hall later ended up with bread and not much else because they had regularly run out of food. The meals are contracted out to a private caterer who are only interested in making a profit. The budget per head is more in prisons than it is for school meals! I do agree with free school meals for those that need them, but the quality needs to be vastly improved.
Has anyone actually seen what the kids eat at school? My daughter used to have school meals (we paid) but now we give her a packed lunch. I attended a parents meeting and everyone was complaining about how poor the meals are and the children are still going home hungry. Children in Reception were being given the same portion size as children in Year 6 and the caterer refused to change their policy. The children who went into the dinner hall later ended up with bread and not much else because they had regularly run out of food. The meals are contracted out to a private caterer who are only interested in making a profit. The budget per head is more in prisons than it is for school meals! I do agree with free school meals for those that need them, but the quality needs to be vastly improved. Tyke69
  • Score: 14

4:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

pellethead says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
pellethead wrote:
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Even to millionaires' kids ?

(I really hope you're not going to say 'yes')
Millionaires are less likely to send their children to state schools, however if they do then they should get free school meals too. Children cannot help the background they were born into and I believe they all ought to be treat the same.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.[/p][/quote]Even to millionaires' kids ? (I really hope you're not going to say 'yes')[/p][/quote]Millionaires are less likely to send their children to state schools, however if they do then they should get free school meals too. Children cannot help the background they were born into and I believe they all ought to be treat the same. pellethead
  • Score: 12

2:08am Fri 29 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
Baildon girl wrote:
Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be.

Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one

Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it
I agree its disgusting how some scratter parents treat the system.

How is it difficult to make your children a pack lunch everyday. If anything free school meals should be for working parents and the scroungers should be made to put up packed lunches. This will then teach their kids that you go without if you don't work and contribute rather than being handed everything on a plate for nothing

Same should apply to school trips/ trip lunches etc. Either everyone pay for them or you simply you do not go.

Oh forgot though we cant upset the scratter parents can we. Thanks Labour
No matter what the argument about entitlement for free school meals,, the point should be that all kids, regardless of background, should get school meals for free. If the parents are good or bad is another story and long may the debate continue, however on a humanitarian level; we all should encourage schools and politicians to adopt a rather simple policy of ensuring no child goes without a nutritional meal whilst at school. Also this could be applied to workers to ensure all employers make sure their employees are having a decent meal per day whilst on duty for the employer. Just be good to one another and you will sow a seed of compassion for all.
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baildon girl[/bold] wrote: Its great they are introducing the free dinners for all in key stage 1 buT i cant help thinking it should apply to all primary children, there will be some siblings from higher years missing out greatly I imagine doesnt seem fair some how that 1 sibling will be having a nice big meal the other just having scraps! Obviously sure this wont be the case for all but feelings in the playground from parents are that if the elder is on packed lunch the younger one will also be. Also agree strongly with the comment further up about the parents who smoke and drink it is a big bug bear of mine (and im far from perfect so hate to be so judging) but for example a parent I chat regually to at school was boasting just before the holidays that she had recieved help with cost of school trip and if the children are on free meals also get a pack lunch made for them by school! Yet regually see her in the local shop buying cigs, scratch cards and tins of beer, I personally just cant see for 1 day for a trip a parent cant provide a basic sandwich, packet of crisps and a drink. So what I want to know is once the free meals are in place for key stage 1 will we all be getting free packed lunch for trips? Not sure if all schools do this or just this particular one Would also like to say and im talking nearly 15 years ago here so not sure how upper schools work now, but as a teenager on free school meals me and a group of others were awfully teased for having to que up to get our dinner token very embarrasing. I can perhaps see why parents of older children arent claiming it[/p][/quote]I agree its disgusting how some scratter parents treat the system. How is it difficult to make your children a pack lunch everyday. If anything free school meals should be for working parents and the scroungers should be made to put up packed lunches. This will then teach their kids that you go without if you don't work and contribute rather than being handed everything on a plate for nothing Same should apply to school trips/ trip lunches etc. Either everyone pay for them or you simply you do not go. Oh forgot though we cant upset the scratter parents can we. Thanks Labour[/p][/quote]No matter what the argument about entitlement for free school meals,, the point should be that all kids, regardless of background, should get school meals for free. If the parents are good or bad is another story and long may the debate continue, however on a humanitarian level; we all should encourage schools and politicians to adopt a rather simple policy of ensuring no child goes without a nutritional meal whilst at school. Also this could be applied to workers to ensure all employers make sure their employees are having a decent meal per day whilst on duty for the employer. Just be good to one another and you will sow a seed of compassion for all. Not so simple
  • Score: 0

12:26am Sat 30 Aug 14

mustnotgrumble says...

pcmanners wrote:
It is not the job of the state to feed children. That responsibility lies with the parents. After the next election all education will be privatised and strictly for profit. If schools choose to provide restaurant facilities then children who wish to use this facility will be expected to pay full market prices.

As today's survey shows it is the rich who are working hardest to govern this country. The poor are making very little contribution. They just scrounge benefits. There is no point in feeding their offspring, the country will see no benefit. Free school meals are not cost effective.
How small minded & pathetic u really are showing urself to be. SIMPLE SOLUTION reverse the 40k TAX CUT for earners ABOVE 150k given by tory numpty Osborne will pay for universal school meals or more sensibly why or why is this govt still paying CHILD BENEFIT for e.u children NOT LIVING In the U.K. The last Home Office whistleblower regarding forged/false birth certificates to complain was SACKED immediately.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: It is not the job of the state to feed children. That responsibility lies with the parents. After the next election all education will be privatised and strictly for profit. If schools choose to provide restaurant facilities then children who wish to use this facility will be expected to pay full market prices. As today's survey shows it is the rich who are working hardest to govern this country. The poor are making very little contribution. They just scrounge benefits. There is no point in feeding their offspring, the country will see no benefit. Free school meals are not cost effective.[/p][/quote]How small minded & pathetic u really are showing urself to be. SIMPLE SOLUTION reverse the 40k TAX CUT for earners ABOVE 150k given by tory numpty Osborne will pay for universal school meals or more sensibly why or why is this govt still paying CHILD BENEFIT for e.u children NOT LIVING In the U.K. The last Home Office whistleblower regarding forged/false birth certificates to complain was SACKED immediately. mustnotgrumble
  • Score: 2

6:09pm Sat 30 Aug 14

News, Really????? says...

pellethead wrote:
Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.
Why?? Really, why? Where do you draw the line, free drugs for all smack heads, free cider for drunks? Pay for what you need, have dignity.
[quote][p][bold]pellethead[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether or not parents are feckless or otherwise, why should their children suffer. Free school meals should be available for all children regardless of income.[/p][/quote]Why?? Really, why? Where do you draw the line, free drugs for all smack heads, free cider for drunks? Pay for what you need, have dignity. News, Really?????
  • Score: 0

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