The DfE has announced that they will be allocating a further £10m UIFSM capital funding in 2015-16 to ensure that all schools can provide hot, healthy and appetising meals to their infant pupils. Of the available funding, £8.5millon will be distributed to local authorities with the lowest infant meal take up rates (below 80 per cent) as recorded in the school census. The remaining £1.5million capital will be allocated to academies via the Condition Improvement Fund on a pro-rata basis.
The school food pilots showed that schools can increase their meal take up by improving the school dining experience, reducing queueing and raising the quality of food on offer. The school census enabled the DfE to identify the areas with the lowest take up and this funding will help schools in those areas to make necessary improvements. The link shows which local authorities will receive how much funding.
The DfE announcement can be found here.
Page Published: 07/04/2015