Universal Free School Meals – Update January 2014
Posted on 20 January 2014 by Education Finance
We are aware that schools quite naturally are concerned as to how the implementation of the Universal Free School Meals policy from September 2014 is going to work in both practical and funding terms.
As at 20th January 2014 the Department for Education (DfE) is finalising the revenue funding formula and will soon publish clear information on how the funding will work. Ministers are writing to all Head Teachers. As far as we know the funding arrangements for those pupils currently receiving free school meals will not change. This money will continue to be distributed through the local authority as part of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG.)
The local authority has been notified of the capital allocation for Universal Free School Meals. The Built Environments Team are working closely with the C of E Diocese and Devon Norse and in the next week or so will be contacting Local Learning Communities asking them to work together in their school groups to see how additional meals might be provided using any existing surplus meal production capacity and identifying likely shortfalls and solutions.
Note: Excluded from this policy are maintained nursery schools, direct grant nursery schools, independent schools and general hospital schools.
Academy schools will get their capital from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund ACMF for all open academies, plus those with approved conversion and sponsored academies with approved expression of interest up to and including September 2015.
The following document “School Food Plan”, published 13th January 2014, provides some information that you may find helpful.
As soon as we have more detailed information we will communicate this to all schools.
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