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School Dinner Wait
10:52am 11th September 2014
10:52am 11th September 2014
Children who go to at least two Cornish schools are not getting hot dinners.
All five to seven year olds are supposed to be having free lunches.
But more than 116 across the Duchy have had to get the builders in over the summer.
And some still are not ready ... meaning pupils are getting sandwiches instead.
Peter Grigg from The Children's Society wants the scheme extended: "So many miss out because of eligibility criteria which means that for, whatever reason, often that their parents are working too many hours, but they're still in low income households, they're still missing out on free meals.
"For many children, thousands of children in poverty, one free school meal a day is probably the only nutritional meal they will get that day so it's a critical part of their health and wellbeing and them being able to get on in education."
Andrew Wallis from the council says it is a great idea but the government did not think it through: "It's resulted in having to do all this extra work and being underfunded, to deliver this project. That's been the headache. The idea is good. The implementation of it ... it's caused us a lot of trouble.
"I would like it to be expanded to Key Stage Two. Having a nutritious meal at school increases learning, attention and everything else. So I think it's a good idea. I just don't think it was particularly thought out well when it was implemented."
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