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SCHOOL MEAL 'SELL-OFF' GETS A ROASTING

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Council leaders are concerned a ministerial decision to hand over responsibility for school meals to heads and gove...
Council leaders are concerned a ministerial decision to hand over responsibility for school meals to heads and governors poses a threat to millions of young people who rely school lunches as the only proper meal of the day, The Guardian reports (p5).

The Local Government Association's chairman of education, Graham Lane, said heads could 'save cash at the expense of children's health by allowing school meals serivces to be handed over to fast food giants'.

He was responding to a consultation paper from the department for education and employment, pointing out that different schools in the same area cold have 'radically different policies on pricing and content of meals, including the content of free meals'.

The government decided earlier this year to delegate a larger share of the education budget to school level - giving heads and govenors of all state schools a degree of discretion over spending that was previously restricted to the opted-out grant maintained sector.
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