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Surge in number of Fenland children claiming free school meals

Nearly 800 more children are claiming free school meals in Fenland than before the pandemic struck.

The shock rise is revealed in figures released by Cambridgeshire County Council following a request for information from the Citizen on the current situation with pupils in Fenland schools.

In January 2,722 children were eligible for a free school dinner - that's just slightly over 20 per cent of all pupils.

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