Free School Meals: Lancashire

Education written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire were eligible for but did not claim free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The Department for Education routinely collects information on pupils who are both eligible for and claiming free school meals. This information is published in the “Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, January 2013” Statistical First Release1. Information on the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals but do not claim them is not collected by the Department.

The Department has published a research paper “Pupils not claiming free school meals: 2013”2 which presents estimates of the numbers and proportions of pupils who are entitled to receive free school meals but are not claiming. The paper compares registration rates for children aged between 4 and 15 and highlights regions and local authorities where under-registration rates are high. Figures from this paper show the under-registration rate for Lancashire local authority is 6% compared with an England average of 11%.

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