14 May 2001
Red tape hits free school milk

By FWi staff

CHILDREN are losing out on free school milk because authorities do not want the burden of red tape, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper says take-up for the scheme in England is among the lowest in the EU with only 3,000 of 44,000 eligible pupils in East Sussex receiving school milk.

The administrative burden of the EU scheme deters teachers from getting involved, said a Dairy Council spokeswoman.

Farmers have long campaigned to encourage more schools and nurseries to join the school milk scheme.

Under the scheme, almost half-a-pint of free milk or plain yoghurt is free to under-fives, while children up to 11 can buy it at subsidised prices.

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