The price of a dinner at Ilkeston’s schools look set to be frozen for the coming year.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to recommend schools keep the price of meals at 2012/13 prices when pupils return for the new academic year in September.
It means the price of a primary school meal should stay at £1.95, with secondary school meals remaining at £2.30.
The prices are lower than in many neighbouring towns and are being kept down due an effective catering service and more children choosing to have a school dinner.
The prize freeze comes as the number of children choosing to have a school meal has gone up in Derbyshire.
In the last 12 months, take up has increased by 2.4 per cent in primary, special and nursery schools — bringing the total to 52.2 per cent — and by 2.2 per cent in secondary schools — totalling 48 per cent.
More pupils are also taking up their entitlement to a free school meal.
From this September, children in years one and two will be able to get a free school meal.