School dinner cost rise criticism


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Millions of pets face an Unhappy Blue Year, says PDSA

Forget Blue Monday  millions of pets face a Blue Year unless their owners take steps to end their stress, obesity and loneliness, according to leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA.

The warning comes on Monday 15 January  hallmarked as Blue Monday  where short,  dark days, empty pockets and dwindling New Years resolutions all add up to create the most melancholic day of the year. But PDSA is urging pet owners to spare a thought for the pets who face another year of loneliness and boredom going far beyond the joyless January blues.

Pictured : Andra Petrov with her beagle, Elvis

Picture : Habibur Rahman PPP-181201-152058001

Pupils walk to school as part of Portsmouth council challenge

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A UKIP councillor has spoken out over the rise in school dinner costs.

Cllr Chris Wood, who represents Crofton on Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Over the course of the next five years parents with two children will be forced to pay an additional £117 a year to provide their children with a healthy hot meal.

‘This government’s policies are hitting the pockets of hardworking families.’

The meals will rise to £2.10 in April – a 10p increase. There will be a further 10p rise in two years’ time and another 10p increase two years after that, making a 30p rise over five years.