Stories in brief
Youngsters benefit from free school meals
An extra 200,000 children in the north west will be able to benefit from free schools meals from this week, according to the latest government figures. Every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (aged between four and seven) is now eligible for free school meals.
New homes being developed
Work is under way on a £1.3 million scheme to bring affordable homes to Scale Hall in Lancaster.
The development will create six two-bedroom houses and 12 one-bedroom flats arranged as semi-detached pairs, designed by Lancaster-based Harrison Pitt Architects. Blackpool-based Melrose Construction is building the new homes on behalf of The Guinness Partnership.