Price of school dinners on the rise

Children are to pay 17 percent more for their school dinners than they did in 2010 according to a new survey.

Which? Magazine has said that the quality of dinners needs to be maintained to encourage more children to have them, and thus keep prices down. It is estimated that 55 percent of pupils would need to take the meals in order to keep the costs low. But at the moment the figures stand at 45 percent.

Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said: 'At a time when many people tell Which? their number one concern is rising food prices, it will come as an unwelcome surprise to hard-pressed families to see that some local authorities are increasing their prices by as much as 17% – well above inflation.

'School meals in most areas are still a relatively low cost and low-hassle way to provide a decent lunch for your children.

'But if schools cannot find ways to protect the extra funding that has gone to school meals and increase the number of children taking them up, there's a real risk of even more price hikes or a drop in standards, undoing the progress that has been made over the past five years.'

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