Price of school meals rises by 10p in Dudley

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Health | Published:

The price of school meals in Dudley has risen by 10p per day due to inflation.

School meal

Students at schools will now have to pay £2.40 per meal, after the price rose from £2.30.

The increase came into effect at the start of the 2019/20 term.

Schools have sent out notifications to parents highlighting the change.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member responsible for catering services, said: “Every year we make a recommendation to all schools in the borough about how much they should charge for school meals but it is down to individual schools to decide on what they charge.

“This year we recommended a minimal 10p price increase to ensure school meals remain affordable.

"The increase will account for food inflation, the rise in the national living wage and also a sugar free drink of squash, water or milk in a re-usable plastic cup. This is in line with our commitment to stop the use of single use plastics by April 2020.

“Any price increase would only apply to those who have to pay for school dinners in key stage two (years three to six) as all children in key stage one receive free school meals along with children in key stage two if they are eligible.”

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