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Nowhere is that more true than for the school meals we pay for our children.

As we reveal today, the cost of providing our children with a school meal has just gone up – and by more than the rate of inflation.

The rise is yet another cost to our budgets.

However, the new school meals contract is already being warmly welcomed by headteachers.

They report that children are noticing an improvement in the standard of the food they are being served.

And Sheffield Council says it is shouldering most of the increase in the cost of food which is rising at an annual rate of 6.2 per cent

But any price increase is going to be seen as yet another barrier to the aim of giving every school child a healthy school dinner every day.

The proof of whether the new supplier is providing good value for money by increasing the number of pupils taking up school meals, will literally be in the eating.

Family deserve to be told the truth

TEN years ago, the lives of a young family in Barnsley were devastated for ever when Lindsey Scholes was killed in an arson attack on the house she was sleeping in.

The police have never caught the culprits despite a widescale investigation.

Yesterday, Lindsey’s mum Jackie Meloy bravely faced the cameras again in a fresh appeal to people to come forward with information about the attack.

She showed that time has not healed the loss as she broke down in tears. Someone, somewhere, is hiding a terrible secret about who killed Lindsey.

We join with Jackie in calling for them to come forward with information so at least the family can have some closure.

Do the right thing

THE case of injured soldier Ben Parkinson poses a dilemma for the Ministry of Defence.

He lost both legs and suffered internal injuries while serving his country. So it is right that his country should pay for his rehabilitation.

At the same time, the level of compensation to injured personnel has been capped at £570,000. This too makes sense as there has to be a benchmark.

Ben’s injuries will cost £1.1 million to treat, but while he remains in the Army, his rehabilitation will be privately funded.

Now it seems he could be discharged. So who picks up the cost of his treatment? It is up to the MoD to resolve this. While it may no longer class him as a serving soldier, his deeds cannot be forgotten. Whatever happens, his remarkable recovery must not be jeopardised.