We have developed a financial model to capture overall expenditure on the cost of school meals. This report outlines our early findings based on application of the model to the available information.
There are lessons from the work done so far. There is a need for considerable commitment and buy-in from all relevant stakeholders, in particular local authorities, if this is to succeed. We identified that there is a general will to deliver more robust information and recent discussions have been encouraging, highlighting that improvements are being made in terms of sharing of information, greater communication and understanding of issues and offers of help and support. However, a stepped change is necessary to progress this model for future years.