Education increases aid to the school cafeteria by one million euros compared to 2023

Monday, June 17, 2024, 9:25 p.m.

Next year, the regional government will allocate a total of 2.9 million euros in aid to the school cafeteria for non-transported students in La Rioja – one million more than last year’s allocation – which will allow it to support the most vulnerable families in the face of the increase. menu price, due to the change in the award criteria for this service in which the quality of the menus has been prioritized well above other conditions such as price, which now only accounts for 15% of the score compared to 40%. % of the previous document.

This was announced this Monday by the Minister of Education and Employment, Alberto Galiana, during his appearance in the Parliament of La Rioja, where he highlighted that this increase in the amount (52.6% more) will allow “families that have less income to access a dining service in the highest quality schools.

The amount of this aid for the school cafeteria will be established according to the per capita income ranges, establishing three categories: Type 1, which are the majority, for incomes up to 6,200 euros and to which 985 euros per student will be allocated next year; Type 2, for more than 6,200 euros, to which 380 euros are dedicated per student; and Type 3, for over 7,300 and up to 8,300 euros, for which 190 euros per user is allocated. These aids can be requested between June 19 and July 2.

The reactions of the two main parties were disparate. For the PSOE, Teresa Villuendas pointed out that the counselor “has not provided any news about the definitive school cafeteria contract” and that “the high price of the menus will fall, fundamentally, on the families who use the service.” From the PP, Pilar Armendáriz applauded Galiana’s appearance, and stressed that the regional Executive has prioritized the quality of the menus well above the price.

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