Funding for New Kitchen Facilities for Free School Meals
In the Government’s Autumn Statement it announced capital funding would be made available to Local Authorities to help fund new and/or updating school kitchen facilities. This is part of the Governments plan to provide free school meals for under-eights (KS1).
The Government has put aside £150m to help fund the required kitchen facilities.
I am pleased to say Cornwall has now been given details on its share of that capital funding. This is for the provision of kitchen facilities in LA maintained and Voluntary Aided (VA) schools. There was a worry that funding details had been totally lacking. This was becoming a greater concern as the provision of free school meals was to be in place for September 2014.
Thankfully details have now been released and for Cornwall, its share of the fund totals £847,259. This is split for LA maintained Schools – £757,646 and VA schools – £89,614.
This is excellent news which I welcome this settlement as it is good news for the Council and the provision of free school meals in our schools. Now we can get on with the planning to make sure everything is ready for September.
And this is the second good news story the Council has received today.