Free School Meals

Education and Skills written question – answered on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) Leicester South and (b) each unitary authority in England claim free school meals; and what estimate he has made of those eligible to claim free school meals in each case.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

The information requested is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools(78): school meal arrangements2,3 January 2004, Leicester South parliamentary constituency and each unitary authority in England
Primary
Number on roll Number of pupils taking free school meals Percentage of pupils taking free school meals Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
Leicester South parliamentary

constituency

9,840 2,200 22.4 2,530 25.7
Unitary Authorities
Bath and North East Somerset 12,580 1,120 8.9 1,340 10,6
Blackburn with Darwen 14,890 3,380 22.7 3,940 26.5
Blackpool 12,230 2,220 18.2 2.850 23.3
Bournemouth 10,980 1,060 9.6 1,230 11.2
Bracknell Forest 8,930 460 5.1 600 6.7
Brighton and Hove 17,430 2,330 13.3 3,190 18.3
Bristol, City of 30,230 6,020 19.9 7,400 24.5
Darlington 8,990 1,520 16.8 1,780 19.7
Derby 21,990 3,690 16.8 4,310 19.6
East Riding of Yorkshire 26,710 2,000 7.5 2,530 9.5
Halton 10,700 2,400 22.5 2,880 26.9
Hartlepool 9,550 2,000 20.9 2,180 22.9
Herefordshire 13,630 900 6.6 1,000 7.3
Isle of Wight 7,250 1,020 14.0 1,320 18.3
Isles of Scilly 270 10 1.9 10 2.3
Kingston Upon Hull, City of 23,520 4,700 20.0 6,110 26.0
Leicester 28,850 6,350 22.0 7,450 25.8
Luton 18,680 3,670 19.7 4,390 23.5
Medway 23,360 2,420 10.3 3,050 13.1
Middlesbrough 14,400 3,820 26.5 4,360 30.3
Milton Keynes 22,700 1,920 8.4 2,990 13.2
North East Lincolnshire 14,850 2,210 14.9 3,230 21.7
North Lincolnshire 14,120 1,710 12.1 2,090 14.8
North Somerset 14,950 1,350 9.0 1,710 11.4
Nottingham 24,670 6,170 25.0 7,680 31.2
Peterborough 15,520 2,590 16.7 3,050 19.6
Plymouth 20,100 3,060 15.2 3,750 18.7
Poole 10,720 500 4.6 520 4.9
Portsmouth 14,710 2,210 15.0 2,760 18.8
Reading 10,170 1,420 14.0 1,770 17.4
Redcar and Cleveland 14,000 2,860 20.5 3,240 23.1
Rutland 2,610 110 4.1 140 5.5
Slough 11,280 1,620 14.4 1,970 17.5
South Gloucestershire 23,000 1,540 6.7 1,900 8.3
Southampton 16,570 3,010 18.2 3,650 22.1
Southend-on-Sea 14,500 2,050 14.1 2,650 18.3
Stockton-on-Tees 18,050 3,090 17.1 3,450 19.1
Stoke-on-Trent 21,480 5,130 23.9 6,190 28.8
Swindon 17,250 1,640 9.5 2,130 12.4
Telford and Wrekin 15,700 2,760 17.6 3,200 20.4
Thurrock 14,120 1,640 11.6 2,120 15.0
Torbay 10,310 1,520 14.8 1,960 19.0
Warrington 18,090 1,480 8.2 1,820 10.1
West Berkshire 12,160 730 6.0 940 7.7
Windsor and Maidenhead 8,320 490 5.9 620 7.4
Wokingham 12,360 430 3.5 550 4.4
York 13,710 1,150 8.4 1,380 10.1
Secondary
Number on roll Number of pupils taking free school meals Percentage of pupils taking free school meals Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
Leicester South parliamentary

constituency

4,650 980 21.1 1,190 25.6
Unitary authorities
Bath and North East Somerset 12,430 600 4.8 730 5.8
Blackburn with Darwen 9,610 1,840 19.1 2,440 25.4
Blackpool 8,740 1,380 15.7 1,800 20.6
Bournemouth 10,000 720 7.2 1,050 10.5
Bracknell Forest 6,110 250 4.1 330 5.5
Brighton and Hove 12,440 1,510 12.1 2,150 17.3
Bristol, City of 16,660 2,290 13.8 3,170 19.0
Darlington 6,350 670 10.5 1,020 16.1
Derby 15,540 2,010 12.9 2,820 18.1
East Riding of Yorkshire 23,490 1,260 5.4 1,860 7.9
Halton 8,320 1,430 17.1 1,980 23.8
Hartlepool 6,660 1,050 15.8 1,360 20.4
Herefordshire 10,490 530 5.1 750 7.2
Isle of Wight 12,160 1,410 11.6 2,000 16.4
Isles of Scilly (81) (81) (81) (81) (81)
Kingston Upon Hull, City of 16,220 2,620 16.2 3,840 23.7
Leicester 18,260 3,290 18.0 4,200 23.0
Luton 12,430 2,220 17.9 2,960 23.8
Medway 20,760 1,510 7.3 1,970 9.5
Middlesbrough 5,810 1,180 20.3 1,910 32.9
Milton Keynes 12,870 1,060 8.2 1,360 10.6
North East Lincolnshire 11,730 1,460 12.4 2,130 18.2
North Lincolnshire 10,920 1,080 9.9 1,370 12.5
North Somerset 12,930 780 6.0 1,060 8.2
Nottingham 13,920 3,140 22.5 4,440 31.9
Peterborough 12,760 1,540 12.0 2,050 16.1
Plymouth 19,080 1,710 9.0 2,310 12.1
Poole 8,570 390 4.5 480 5.6
Portsmouth 10,160 1,080 10.7 1,540 15.1
Reading 6,200 570 9.2 850 13.7
Redcar and Cleveland 10,340 1,500 14.5 2,120 20.5
Rutland 2,360 60 2.5 80 3.3
Slough 8,450 890 10.5 1,310 15.5
South Gloucestershire 16,950 740 4.4 1,060 6.3
Southampton 12,250 1,560 12.7 2,090 17.1
Southend-on-Sea 12,210 970 7.9 1,430 11.7
Stockton-on-Tees 12,910 1,410 10.9 2,360 18.3
Stoke-on-Trent 15,220 2,490 16.3 3,180 20.9
Swindon 11,580 800 6.9 1,120 9.7
Telford and Wrekin 10,650 1,420 13.3 1,890 17.7
Thurrock 8,570 840 9.8 1,220 14.3
Torbay 9,210 950 10.3 1,270 13.8
Warrington 14,150 880 6.2 1,240 8.8
West Berkshire 12,180 420 3.4 570 4.6
Windsor and Maidenhead 10,490 420 4.0 550 5.3
Wokingham 11,030 450 4.1 540 4.9
York 10,490 570 5.4 820 7.9

(78) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(79) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.

(80) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

(81) Not applicable. No schools of this type.

Source:

Annual Schools' Census

Pupils are recorded as being eligible for free school meals if a claim has been made by them or on their behalf by parents and either the relevant authority has confirmed their eligibility or the school or LEA have seen the necessary documentation. Eligibility requires the parent (or pupil) to be in receipt of either income support, or income-based jobseekers allowance, or support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or child tax credit but not working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) that which for when the above information was collected in the tax year 2003/04, would have been £13,280.

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