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Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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HOUSING

Brexit could derail social housing plan

Brexit could bring Scotland's plans for a new generation of social housing grinding to a halt, leaders of the Scottish housing association movement have warned. The UK's decision to leave the EU poses a threat to sources of finance, raw materials and skilled labour, a survey of Scottish Federation of Housing Associations members found.

EDUCATION

More NI pupils to get free school meals

Eligibility for free school meals and uniform grants is likely to change as universal credit is brought in. Under the proposals, children of parents in receipt of universal credit with net earnings of £14,000 per year or less will be eligible. The Northern Ireland Executive, which is consulting on the plan, said about 2,000 more pupils would become eligible. In 2016-17, 102,127 NI pupils (30.7%) were entitled to free school meals. More criteria will be added after universal credit has been rolled out, anticipated to be by March 2022; these include that children who arrive at school hungry should be given a free meal "on humanitarian grounds". …

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