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Free school meals in other jurisdictions

Perry , Caroline, Northern Ireland Assembly, corp creator. (2012) Free school meals in other jurisdictions. [ Research and Information Service Briefing Paper ]

Volume/Part: 103/12, 8 June 2012 - Published Version
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Publisher: Northern Ireland Assembly
Series Name: Research and Information Service Briefing Paper
Additional Information: Summary : Children whose parents are in receipt of particular income support payments in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM). Eligibility criteria across these jurisdictions are broadly similar to those in place in Northern Ireland, and include receipt of Income Based Jobseekers Allowance and Child Tax Credit. However, application rates and subsequent take-up of FSM in these jurisdictions has been lower than expected. In Ireland, there is no statutory duty to provide FSM, however two schemes are in place to provide funding for meals for disadvantaged children. These operate through the provision of funding to local authorities, or through departmental funding being directed to specific FSM projects. In addition to overarching FSM policy, there have been a number of policies or initiatives in the other jurisdictions to promote FSM. Table 1 overleaf provides an overview of key initiatives and policies.
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