At First Born's school, there are a number of unaccompanied children who come into the country as refugees. At the age of 14+, they live alone and have to cope with their traumatic past and complex present with no adult support apart from that provided by the school.
Now get this - these children are NOT entitled to free school meals!
How can this be possible?
Because the application form has to be completed by a parent or guardian and these children have neither!
Is this just a ridiculous feature of an uncaring bureaucracy?
No - it's worse than that. It's a deliberate attempt by this miserable government to fend off criticism about people coming into the country and claiming benefits.
Is this acceptable?
If you have to ask that question, I have no answer you would wish to hear ...