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News - 19 December 2014

Free school meals for 85per cent of infants.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says that an extra 1.3 million pupils in England, or, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, which is estimated to be saving families £400 a year.

But the new regulations could be causing some schools problems.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“Parents on low incomes or benefits used to have to register for their infants to receive free school meals, and schools automatically received pupil premium funding, worth up to £1,300 per pupil per year, which was tied to these registrations. However, now parents have to register separately in order that their children's school gains the extra government funding, with some schools said to be giving away iPads to encourage poorer parents to register, so they continue to receive this extra "pupil premium" funding.”

The representative for school business managers at the National Association of Head Teachers Nicky Gillhespy said:
"The message really is that we really need parents to register because without this funding the children really will be missing out.”

A spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister's Office said: "Pupil premium funding is given to all state-funded schools with eligible pupils.”

"In 2013-14, 19,986 schools attracted funding due to having one or more pupils who had been registered for free school meals at any point in the previous six years."

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
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