Archive for August, 2009

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Week: 24th – 28th August 2009            

Monday:           Steak and Potato Pie,    Chocolate sponge

Tuesday:          Chicken fricassee and Rice,    Strawberries

Wednesday:     Beef hash & vegetables,  Rice pudding    

Thursday:         Tuna pasta bake,            Blancmange

Friday:             Irish stew with mash,       Fruit salad and Natural yoghurt

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

17th – 21st August 2009            

Monday:           Spaghetti bolognaise,    Stewed Apples and custard

Tuesday:          Roast turkey with vegetables,    Lemon sponge

Wednesday:    Fisherman’s Plait with anna potatoes,      Semolina pudding

Thursday:         Chicken and Sweetcorn cannelloni,         Blackcurrant pie with custard

Friday:             B B Q,  Oat cakes

Oops! Tax credits worth £315m given away in error

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The government gave away £315m in childcare tax credits mistakenly last year, according to official statistics. An error and fraud statistics report on child and working tax credits was placed in the House of Commons library last week.

It showed that 260,000 claimants benefited from error and fraud relating to the childcare element of the working tax credit in 2007/08, which amounted to a sum of £315m. In 2006/07, the figure was £320m.

In a statement in the House of Commons, financial secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms said the government had already introduced additional checks to prevent error and detect abuse. But he added: “HM Revenue and Customs will use the analysis published today to refine its strategy.”

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said the figures underlined the need for the system to be reconfigured. “These figures do illustrate the benefits of direct payments to providers of tax credits,” she said. “Not only would this eliminate fraudulent claims, it would also help vulnerable families who could be confident of taking up their entitlement.”

I am not sure that we really want the additional administration of receiving parents’ tax credit payments – what do you think?

This Week’s Lunch Menus

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

3rd – 7th August  2009              

Monday:           Chicken and lentils balls in curry sauce,    Jam sponge

Tuesday:          Beef casserole and vegetable rice,    Tapioca with strawberry sauce

Wednesday:    Spinach Lasagne with tossed salad,        Melon and Natural yoghurt

Thursday:         Fisherman’s Pie with rustic potatoes,       Rice pudding

Friday:             Lamb and vegetable gratin,          Chocolate Sponge