Councillor Carol Runciman welcomes free school meals initiative

Councillor Carol Runciman

Councillor Carol Runciman

First published in Education news

ALMOST 6,000 York children will get free school meals when terms starts again this week.

Under the new universal free school meals scheme for infant pupils - those in reception and Years 1 and 2 - approximately 5,819 children will qualify in York this term.

Councillor Carol Runciman, York Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson for children, education and young people, welcomed the scheme which was announced by the Liberal Democrat’s national party last year, and said it would help families out financially, as well as boost children’s academic achievement and enhance their social interaction skills.

The councillor said of the policy: “The benefits for children and families in York will be significant.

“Free school meals will improve children’s ability to learn, make sure they eat more healthy food, and save parents around £400 a year per child.”

Pilot schemes showed that children who had a school meal were two to three months ahead academically compared to children who did not have one, she added, while sitting down to enjoy lunchtime together broadened pupils’ social skills.

And praising her national party, Cllr Runciman said: “The coalition government has put £1bn new revenue into the scheme. It is clear that this policy and this investment would not have happened without the Liberal Democrats in Government.”

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12:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

munstombo says...

effectively bumping up earnings of parents from minimum wage over the year by around 20p/hour.
effectively bumping up earnings of parents from minimum wage over the year by around 20p/hour. munstombo
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1:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wiggles says...

Not as good as it sounds - to provide the 'free' meals they have signigficantly increased to prices of school meals for years 3 and upwards - there is no such thing as a 'free' meal - somewhere along the line someone is paying for it.
Not as good as it sounds - to provide the 'free' meals they have signigficantly increased to prices of school meals for years 3 and upwards - there is no such thing as a 'free' meal - somewhere along the line someone is paying for it. Wiggles
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7:06am Tue 2 Sep 14

perplexed says...

Yet another example of shameless electioneering by a politician whose memory is as short as her party's achievements .Perhaps Carol Runciman would like to comment on her party's support for Free Schools, the privatisation of the NHS and of course the u- turn on tuition fees!
Yet another example of shameless electioneering by a politician whose memory is as short as her party's achievements .Perhaps Carol Runciman would like to comment on her party's support for Free Schools, the privatisation of the NHS and of course the u- turn on tuition fees! perplexed
  • Score: 3

8:29am Wed 3 Sep 14

bolero says...

When are children going to be fed in the right place and the right environment? We have babies being breastfed in supermarket cafes, toddlers fed in Costa and other coffee shops and schoolchildren at school. For goodness sake feed your children where they should be fed-at home with the rest of the family.
When are children going to be fed in the right place and the right environment? We have babies being breastfed in supermarket cafes, toddlers fed in Costa and other coffee shops and schoolchildren at school. For goodness sake feed your children where they should be fed-at home with the rest of the family. bolero
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