Free school meals in Islington. Do your kids get a good deal?
By abi_silvester | Sunday, October 10, 2010, 17:49
Islington Council has hung on bravely to its stated aim of offering every child in state education a daily free school meal, but at what cost? A council row over the quality of foods being dished out by dinner ladies across the borough erupted last week, with talk of the return of the dreaded turkey twizzler...but what's really going on in our school dining rooms?
The Islington Tribune reported that Deputy Lib Dem leader Councillor Ursula Woolley had expressed concerns that Labour's handling of the free school meal's scheme has been shaky since the council changed hands earlier this year, and that Lib Dem plans for locally-sourced fruit and veg had been scrapped in favour of cheaper alternatives.
Woolley herself has claimed that her own children have come home from school claiming that main courses are running out quicker than before at lunchtime, with those who miss out on the earlier pickings being offering 'macaroni cheese'. She then made the suggestion that the alleged developments suggested a slippery slope towards turkey twizzler territory!
Labour was quick to fight back, pointing out that Cllr Woolley had herself signed the current catering contracts in Islington schools while her party held the reins at the town hall.
We'd be interested to hear what you and your children's experiences of free school meals in Islington has been over the past year. Please let us know how they rate!