PARENTS who have fallen behind with their dinner money payments owe Solihull Council a whopping £30,000.
Education chiefs hope that a cashless catering scheme, being rolled out to local primary schools, will make it easier to keep tabs on the debt.
The system, due to be introduced over the next 12 months, will make dinner money a thing of the past.
Councillor Norman Davies, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This scheme should make things a lot simpler.
“I should reassure people that the electronic system doesn’t use retinal scanners or finger-printing.
“The database is just photos of the children that will be called up when they’re in the dinner queue.”
It’s hoped the changes will reduce playground bullying because children will no longer have to take money to school.
But the bad news for pupils is that mums and dads will know exactly whether they went for the healthy option.
Parents will be able to call-up online exactly what their child had for lunch.