Price freeze

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Meal prices in Derbyshire schools have been frozen for the coming academic year - despite rising food and fuel costs.

Derbyshire County Council will keep the cost of primary school meals at £1.90, with secondary school meals remaining at £2.

The number of primary and nursery school pupils having school meals in the county is up 2 per cent to 46.9 per cent and for secondary pupils up 2 per cent to 42 per cent - better than the national average of 37.6 per cent. The county council provides around 35,000 meals per day in 387 primary, secondary and special schools.