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Complainant Name:
Glasgow City Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Sun

Complaint:

Mr Colin Edgar complained on behalf of Glasgow City Council that an article was inaccurate in stating that the Council spent just 32 pence on each meal it provided for school children in the city. He said the newspaper had been informed that this information was wrong before it was published. The figure failed to take account of how many children actually took up the option of a school meal.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology under the heading ‘Glasgow City Council’:

We reported on December 1 that school dinners for pupils in Glasgow secondary schools cost the City Council 32p each.

The actual cost is between 95p and £1.05 and we were told this by Glasgow City Council in advance of publication of the story.

The 32p figure was reached by dividing the total cost of school meals by the total number of secondary pupils in the city, rather than by the number of secondary pupils who take a school meal.

We are happy to clarify this matter and apologise for the impression that was given in the article.

Report: 74



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