6 months in and the DfE still dont have any Idea how UFSM will work

not very jolley

It is now six months since Nick Cleggs Universal Free School Meals announcement, meaning schools have less than six months to be ready. Despite rambling on about UFSM for much of that time, I have had very little official contact on the subject.

Today that changed.

I thought I would try the official DfE twitter account with a question, see if I could clarify things on the fairly fundamental issue of how schools will be paid for the meals they provide.

The conversations went like this

‏@ajjolley to @educationgovuk
on UFSM, can I confirm that schools will be paid in arrears only for the meals taken?

DfE ‏@educationgovuk
We haven’t yet confirmed how the funding arrangements will work. We plan to announce more details shortly.
from recent letter “the fairest approach is to allocate schools a flat rate of £2.30 per meal taken, based on actual takeup”

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