Funding failure means 12 schools are not ready to give more pupils free meals

Funding failure means 12 schools are not ready to give more pupils free meals

Funding failure means 12 schools are not ready to give more pupils free meals

First published in News

HOT school dinners are off the menu at 12 schools after the Government failed to provide enough funding for the new policy.

The Department for Education has told primary schools to provide free hot lunches in the first three years of school.

A total of 12 schools in Essex, including Montgomery Infants, in Colchester, are serving packed lunches, because they have not got adequate cooking capacity.

The school, in Baronswood Way, has taken £10,000 out of its budget to create a new serving area.

Headteacher Sally Leung said: “There are other costs involved. I need two staff members to work three or four hours a day, which is a cost for us.

“We had a grant for some of the building work, but there are other costs beyond it.

“I am all for free meals and I think it is a good idea and a positive thing for the children.”

For the full story, see Thursday's Gazette

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12:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether. Boris
  • Score: -2

1:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.[/p][/quote]Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 7

1:36pm Thu 4 Sep 14

sam vines says...

Boris wrote:
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Wasn't this Cleggs little pet project who decided to ignore advice of the Education minister that some schools would not be able to provide this service without a complete overhaul of the school kitchen system and is going cost far much more than the £1.1 billion allocated.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.[/p][/quote]Wasn't this Cleggs little pet project who decided to ignore advice of the Education minister that some schools would not be able to provide this service without a complete overhaul of the school kitchen system and is going cost far much more than the £1.1 billion allocated. sam vines
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

My 6 year old grand-daughter is grateful and so are her parents.
Her 3 year old brother hopes it wont be taken away by the EU before he can benefit.
My 6 year old grand-daughter is grateful and so are her parents. Her 3 year old brother hopes it wont be taken away by the EU before he can benefit. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
My 6 year old grand-daughter is grateful and so are her parents.
Her 3 year old brother hopes it wont be taken away by the EU before he can benefit.
The more money we spend on our own families rather than Bankrupt Europe the better. Why should we allow Brussels dictate how we look after our own children and grandchildren?
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: My 6 year old grand-daughter is grateful and so are her parents. Her 3 year old brother hopes it wont be taken away by the EU before he can benefit.[/p][/quote]The more money we spend on our own families rather than Bankrupt Europe the better. Why should we allow Brussels dictate how we look after our own children and grandchildren? Shrubendlad
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Thu 4 Sep 14

romantic says...

This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise.

The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress.

The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well.

The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars.
This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise. The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress. The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well. The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars. romantic
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

romantic wrote:
This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise.

The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress.

The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well.

The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars.
Exactly-We "squander" £55Million a day on the EU-which Sir Bob Russell is passionately in favour of.
We pay £33Billion on defence-as a proportion more than most other country-but Sir Bob Russell this week says we should pay more.
We subsidise the Scots so that their children have free University education but ours pay £27000 in tuition fees.
And BORIS wonders why I "bash" the Lib Dem.
Lets spend our taxes on our Essex/English families.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise. The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress. The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well. The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars.[/p][/quote]Exactly-We "squander" £55Million a day on the EU-which Sir Bob Russell is passionately in favour of. We pay £33Billion on defence-as a proportion more than most other country-but Sir Bob Russell this week says we should pay more. We subsidise the Scots so that their children have free University education but ours pay £27000 in tuition fees. And BORIS wonders why I "bash" the Lib Dem. Lets spend our taxes on our Essex/English families. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Angry of Lexden says...

romantic wrote:
This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise.

The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress.

The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well.

The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars.
Romantic, I worked a school in the town, which I recall was the first to have a breakfast club. A significant majority of the children had no real breakfast at home. The usual was a packet of crisps on the way to school! The breakfast club raised performance all round. The really irritating thing was to see the parents, designer clothes, holidays abroad - in term time of course. Just trying to snare the next idiot male to give them another child. 80% were single parent homes, of which we estimated over half changed their "partner" in less than twelve months. The children didn't stand a chance.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: This is one of the few Con-LD initiatives which I completely agree with. Having a hot meal in the day means kids will be more attentive and will learn more. There are plenty of kids out there in homes where they might not get a proper meal otherwise. The tabloid image is of people on benefits claiming everything under the sun while they swig lager and smoke fags, but of course that's not the reality in most cases. The reality, in Britain 2014, is that some kids go to school hungry. Most teachers recognise the difference between a properly fed kid and a hungry one; it shows in their attentiveness, behaviour and progress. The headline suggests this initiative is a failure, but another way of saying 12 schools have not yet got it up and running is to say that all except 12 have done so. The Gazette could have gone to one of the many schools where this is starting and spoken to them as well. The government squanders so much of my hard-earned tax on ridiculous stuff that I don't support, but this one is a good idea, which I hope will work well. An extra £1 bn is a drop in the ocean compared to what we spend on bank bail-outs or crazy wars.[/p][/quote]Romantic, I worked a school in the town, which I recall was the first to have a breakfast club. A significant majority of the children had no real breakfast at home. The usual was a packet of crisps on the way to school! The breakfast club raised performance all round. The really irritating thing was to see the parents, designer clothes, holidays abroad - in term time of course. Just trying to snare the next idiot male to give them another child. 80% were single parent homes, of which we estimated over half changed their "partner" in less than twelve months. The children didn't stand a chance. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Boris wrote:
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government?
Your heroes Cameron, Osborne etc had no experience in government, but you are happy with them. They had an experienced senior minister, Ken Clarke, but they got rid of him. Correct policies are more important than experience. I can understand your reservations about Labour, fair enough. I also am well aware of your personal antipathy towards the Lib Dem candidate. Then vote Green.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.[/p][/quote]Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government?[/p][/quote]Your heroes Cameron, Osborne etc had no experience in government, but you are happy with them. They had an experienced senior minister, Ken Clarke, but they got rid of him. Correct policies are more important than experience. I can understand your reservations about Labour, fair enough. I also am well aware of your personal antipathy towards the Lib Dem candidate. Then vote Green. Boris
  • Score: -4

10:44pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

sam vines wrote:
Boris wrote:
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Wasn't this Cleggs little pet project who decided to ignore advice of the Education minister that some schools would not be able to provide this service without a complete overhaul of the school kitchen system and is going cost far much more than the £1.1 billion allocated.
That may be so, but Clegg is merely the monkey, while Cameron is the organ-grinder and therefore responsible for all government initiatives.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.[/p][/quote]Wasn't this Cleggs little pet project who decided to ignore advice of the Education minister that some schools would not be able to provide this service without a complete overhaul of the school kitchen system and is going cost far much more than the £1.1 billion allocated.[/p][/quote]That may be so, but Clegg is merely the monkey, while Cameron is the organ-grinder and therefore responsible for all government initiatives. Boris
  • Score: -2

8:58pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
Angry of Lexden wrote:
Boris wrote:
Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out.
And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.
Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government?
Your heroes Cameron, Osborne etc had no experience in government, but you are happy with them. They had an experienced senior minister, Ken Clarke, but they got rid of him. Correct policies are more important than experience. I can understand your reservations about Labour, fair enough. I also am well aware of your personal antipathy towards the Lib Dem candidate. Then vote Green.
Boris, it's not so much a personal antipathy with the LD'S. There is something about the structure of the party, can't quite put my finger on it. The nearest was an explanation about why the LD's voted to a man against the knife crime bill. It was suggested that Glegg wanted to demonstrate the LD's were their own people and he picked that bill - rigid whip. Also, at local level, there seems to be no place for individual consideration - my impression is that the party policy must be followed. You would know more than me. But that's the taste I get.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Typical of this Cameron government. They have a few bright ideas, and they order them to be implemented, but then they do not provide the funds to do so. Next May, we must vote the Tories out. And don't vote for UKIP: they already want to abolish the NHS, in fact they want to dismantle the welfare state altogether.[/p][/quote]Boris, you say we must not vote UKIP, and we are obviously not going to vote labour after the way they messed up the finances last time. Who else is there with credible experience in government?[/p][/quote]Your heroes Cameron, Osborne etc had no experience in government, but you are happy with them. They had an experienced senior minister, Ken Clarke, but they got rid of him. Correct policies are more important than experience. I can understand your reservations about Labour, fair enough. I also am well aware of your personal antipathy towards the Lib Dem candidate. Then vote Green.[/p][/quote]Boris, it's not so much a personal antipathy with the LD'S. There is something about the structure of the party, can't quite put my finger on it. The nearest was an explanation about why the LD's voted to a man against the knife crime bill. It was suggested that Glegg wanted to demonstrate the LD's were their own people and he picked that bill - rigid whip. Also, at local level, there seems to be no place for individual consideration - my impression is that the party policy must be followed. You would know more than me. But that's the taste I get. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 2
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