The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answer on 20th February 2023:
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of the software that would be required to introduce an automatic registration system for income-related free school meals.
Baroness Barran (Con): An assessment has not been made of the specific costs of any software for automatic registration because there are also complex data, systems, and legal implications to such a change. The department continues to explore the delivery feasibility of improving existing systems including the development of auto-enrolment functionality.
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