Council decides to raise the prices of school lunches

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School meal prices are set to rise next term in Derbyshire schools by 5p a day.

Lunches in primary schools will cost £1.95 while in secondary schools the charge will be £2.05.

Adults taking a school lunch will pay £2.74, a rise of 8p.

The increases are the first in two years and councillors say they have been kept to a minimum.

Schools are able to set their own prices for meals as they are in charge of their own catering budgets, but the authority makes a recommendation and advises schools not to profit from them.

Derbyshire’s school meals take-up is above the national average of 43 per cent, with 49.7 per cent of pupils tucking in during 2012-13 - up 
0.8 per cent on the previous year.

Coun Jim Coyle, deputy cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Derbyshire’s school lunches will still be cheaper than those offered by the majority of our neighbouring or statistically similar authorities, but rising costs – particularly in food – mean we’re having to recommend slightly increasing the prices. We’ve kept this proposed recommendation as low as possible for parents and carers because we want pupils to be able to carry on enjoying the healthy and tasty lunches we offer.”