Bolton is on track to serve up free school dinners

Cllr Nick Peel with youngsters enjoying school meals in Bolton

Nick Clegg

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

BOLTON is on track to deliver the government’s free school meals scheme this September. 

And a senior councillor has praised Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for following Bolton’s example when it comes to serving up school dinners. 

The Bolton News reported this week that this September children in reception year one and year two will be dinning out for free as school meal costs are scrapped. 

But Bolton Council has been providing free or discounted school dinners for primary school children since 2009 — meaning the schools in Bolton are already prepared to serve up the new government policy. 

Cllr Nick Peel said: “We have been running major initiatives for some times, making our school meals the most affordable in the country and having the highest uptake. 

“We introduced subsidised meals for a variety of reasons. It has been shown that children who eat a healthy meals have better concentration levels and they also benefit from a healthy lifestyle. 

“There are also benefits to parents who are saving a lot of money through the subsidised meal in these tough times. 

“It is good to see Nick Clegg following Bolton’s example.”

School meals promotions, which were first introduced in 2009, have led to more than 2,700 additional pupils tucking in to a school meal each day in Bolton. 

They cost £1.25 compared to the regional average of £2.05. 

In 2011 Bolton Council was praised by the Government for its “pioneering” approach. 

Cllr Peel said there was currently some additional investment going into expanding dinning halls and improving ovens. 

But he said schools in Bolton were on track to deliver free school meals to all five to seven-year-olds who want them. 

Some local authorities are facing a shortfall in the funding they need to ensure the scheme can be delivered. 

The government has provided £150 million to cover the cost of bringing school kitchens and dinning facilities up to scratch, but some local councils say this is not enough. 

Cllr Peel added: “We already have the infrastructure in place and there is some capital investment taking place.” 

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8:15am Fri 22 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Typical Labour Socialist... Free lunch at every possible opportunity available to them.
Typical Labour Socialist... Free lunch at every possible opportunity available to them. thomas222
  • Score: -3

10:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on. Gore Seer
  • Score: -8

12:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

Isn't it odd. Whenever I have tried to contact Nick Peel about council corruption he is never available or doesn't return my call. Give him a photo opportunity and he is a "available" in an instant. By the way, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Isn't it odd. Whenever I have tried to contact Nick Peel about council corruption he is never available or doesn't return my call. Give him a photo opportunity and he is a "available" in an instant. By the way, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 9

1:40pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
What Heating Allowance?

What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts??

I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.[/p][/quote]What Heating Allowance? What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts?? I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 12

1:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
Isn't it odd. Whenever I have tried to contact Nick Peel about council corruption he is never available or doesn't return my call. Give him a photo opportunity and he is a "available" in an instant. By the way, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
So thats what Councillor Peel looks like.

Anyone remember The Wheeltappers and Shunters Comedy Club in the 70's?

He looks like one of the Comedian "Turns" from that.

Bet he doesnt eat that Tomato.
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Isn't it odd. Whenever I have tried to contact Nick Peel about council corruption he is never available or doesn't return my call. Give him a photo opportunity and he is a "available" in an instant. By the way, there is no such thing as a free lunch.[/p][/quote]So thats what Councillor Peel looks like. Anyone remember The Wheeltappers and Shunters Comedy Club in the 70's? He looks like one of the Comedian "Turns" from that. Bet he doesnt eat that Tomato. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 9

3:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

WHATAMESSS.66 says...

whas nick peel in poltergeist 2 ?
whas nick peel in poltergeist 2 ? WHATAMESSS.66
  • Score: -1

3:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
What Heating Allowance?

What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts??

I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.
I Am Being Denied Comment?.
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.[/p][/quote]What Heating Allowance? What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts?? I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.[/p][/quote]I Am Being Denied Comment?. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

4:06pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Gore Seer wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
What Heating Allowance?

What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts??

I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.
I Am Being Denied Comment?.
No, not at all.

Just wondering where all these Allowances come from, that I'm not "In" on?

Absolutely no offence intended.

Oh Dear.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.[/p][/quote]What Heating Allowance? What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts?? I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.[/p][/quote]I Am Being Denied Comment?.[/p][/quote]No, not at all. Just wondering where all these Allowances come from, that I'm not "In" on? Absolutely no offence intended. Oh Dear. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Gore Seer wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
What Heating Allowance?

What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts??

I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.
I Am Being Denied Comment?.
Il Try Again, I Worked 13 Hour Shift Five Days, And Saturday Mornings, And In The Holidays I Worked As Casual Labourer Duties, I Was 37 Before I Had A Holiday, My Family Went On Hols But I Stayed Home And Worked, And Got No Freebies, There Are Freebies Available But But We Will Never Be Told What There Is For Us.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.[/p][/quote]What Heating Allowance? What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts?? I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.[/p][/quote]I Am Being Denied Comment?.[/p][/quote]Il Try Again, I Worked 13 Hour Shift Five Days, And Saturday Mornings, And In The Holidays I Worked As Casual Labourer Duties, I Was 37 Before I Had A Holiday, My Family Went On Hols But I Stayed Home And Worked, And Got No Freebies, There Are Freebies Available But But We Will Never Be Told What There Is For Us. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

7:04pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.
What Heating Allowance?

What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts??

I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.
I Am Being Denied Comment?.
No, not at all.

Just wondering where all these Allowances come from, that I'm not "In" on?

Absolutely no offence intended.

Oh Dear.
No Not At All, So You Seem To Know, Who Is Interfering With My Comments Please Tell Me Who Is.
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Free Lunch My Bottom Lip, £50 quid Out Of my Heating Allowance, Now I Am Told Warm Heating Allowance Is Being Reduced To First 20,000 applicants Only, Rest can Go To Blazes According To Westminster Thats On E.on.[/p][/quote]What Heating Allowance? What am I missing out on here, working 12 hour shifts?? I have never had a Heating Allowance or a Free Lunch.[/p][/quote]I Am Being Denied Comment?.[/p][/quote]No, not at all. Just wondering where all these Allowances come from, that I'm not "In" on? Absolutely no offence intended. Oh Dear.[/p][/quote]No Not At All, So You Seem To Know, Who Is Interfering With My Comments Please Tell Me Who Is. Gore Seer
  • Score: -4

10:29am Sun 24 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Gore seer - what are you on today?

Thomas222 - in fact free-school meals, if you had bothered to read the report, is the brainchild of Nick Clegg. Now correct me, if I am wrong, but Nick Clegg is a Liberal Democrat and NOT a Labour member. Also, do you begrudge giving children a good healthy meal at least once a day considering some rubbish they may be eating at home? Or is that your point, let this generation of children grow up to be fat, unhealthy etc etc etc so that you have something else to moan about? Have you ever considered making this ton better by utilising your better by volunteering rather than just moaning about the situation? You never have anything good to say about this town you live in, and yet you do nothing to change it apart from moan, moan and more moaning!
Gore seer - what are you on today? Thomas222 - in fact free-school meals, if you had bothered to read the report, is the brainchild of Nick Clegg. Now correct me, if I am wrong, but Nick Clegg is a Liberal Democrat and NOT a Labour member. Also, do you begrudge giving children a good healthy meal at least once a day considering some rubbish they may be eating at home? Or is that your point, let this generation of children grow up to be fat, unhealthy etc etc etc so that you have something else to moan about? Have you ever considered making this ton better by utilising your better by volunteering rather than just moaning about the situation? You never have anything good to say about this town you live in, and yet you do nothing to change it apart from moan, moan and more moaning! nigella farrage
  • Score: -2

10:37am Sun 24 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Gore Seer says...

No Not At All, So You Seem To Know, Who Is Interfering With My Comments Please Tell Me Who Is.



Dear Mr Seer,
I have absolutely no idea who is "Interfeering" with you, I think that is something you should take up with the BEN.

I just was not aware of Meals, Heating Allowances, up for grabs, and simply wondered what I had done wrong, not to be "In on the Act".

I am very glad you get an Heating Allowance for Working such long shifts, and hope it warms your Cockles up a treat on Cold Wintery Nights.

I am not aware however, what is the root of your alleged interference.

Thank you.
Gore Seer says... No Not At All, So You Seem To Know, Who Is Interfering With My Comments Please Tell Me Who Is. Dear Mr Seer, I have absolutely no idea who is "Interfeering" with you, I think that is something you should take up with the BEN. I just was not aware of Meals, Heating Allowances, up for grabs, and simply wondered what I had done wrong, not to be "In on the Act". I am very glad you get an Heating Allowance for Working such long shifts, and hope it warms your Cockles up a treat on Cold Wintery Nights. I am not aware however, what is the root of your alleged interference. Thank you. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 3

7:43am Mon 25 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Ha Well I Have Just Been Kick Of Internet, When trying To Answered Your Comment, I Must Admit It Amuses Me, I Never Know Weather I Will Finnish A Comment. I Do Have Friends Who Are First Class Computer Operators, ct IsFaAIs We Are All Being Monitored On These Computers ,
Ha Well I Have Just Been Kick Of Internet, When trying To Answered Your Comment, I Must Admit It Amuses Me, I Never Know Weather I Will Finnish A Comment. I Do Have Friends Who Are First Class Computer Operators, ct IsFaAIs We Are All Being Monitored On These Computers , Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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