FOI Request Free School Meals

Request 101001486126

I would appreciate your help with the following information, which is in relation to free school meals in each year between 2010/11 and 2015/16 inclusive.

1.  In each cohort P1 – P7, in each year between 2010/11 and 2015/16 (inclusive)
a.  How many pupils were eligible for free school meals in your local authority?
b. How many pupils were in receipt of free school meals in your local authority?
2. How much was spent on free school meals in Primary schools in each year 2010/11 – 2015/16? Please provide a total for your local authority, not broken down by school.

Response 26-04-2017

1a - We only hold data on pupils who are registered for free meals not those who may be entitled therefore this information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held. 

1b - Free School Meals - School Census data (as at September)                                                                                                 

                                                                  Stage                                                                                    

Year                       P1           P2           P3           P4           P5           P6           P7

2010/11                84           89           89           101         84           92           93

2011/12                95           113         112         105         114         93           101

2012/13                112         100         108         122         92           107         93

2013/14                124         110         92           94           101         82           95

2014/15                84           110         100         97           87           99           83

2015/16*             990         999         1038       90           90           70           87

* - P1, P2 and P3 are full cohort number for 2015/16                       

2. 

Year 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Cost Per Meal 3.19 3.50 3.35 3.33 3.39 3.96
Number of FSM's   138,536.00   164,989.00   167,524.00   140,757.00   237,625.00      513,576.00
Total gross cost for the provision of FSM   441,929.84   577,461.50   561,205.40   468,720.81   805,548.75   2,033,760.96
From 2014-15 onwards includes the FSM's for all P1-P3's      

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