The White Paper - Becoming A Cashless School

There is an income collection revolution under way. An increasing number of UK schools are taking significant steps towards becoming ‘fully cashless’- removing the need for parents to send cash or cheques to school to pay for school dinners, clubs, trips, fees and other services.

There are clear issues around pupils bringing cash and cheques into school to pay for school meals, trips and clubs. Cheques are easily lost and cash can be spent in the corner shop on the way to school, or act as a trigger for bullying.

For a growing number of schools, online payments have become the preferred way of ensuring that parents’ money is received by school safely and in the case of dinner money, spent in the way it was intended – on a healthy school meal, a school trip or after school activities and clubs.

In return schools are realising significant time savings, benefitting from reduced administration, as well as direct cost savings.

This paper will ensure schools choose a supplier whose system is safe and certified as industry standards compliant – reducing risks of financial fraud. 

For primary schools, there is now an immediate need for schools to have effective systems in place to easily administer, report on UIFSM take-up and subsequent uplift on paid meals uptake.

The paper also includes advice, research and real case studies provided by LACA (formerly Local Authority Catering Association), industry  experts, Schools and Local Authorities who have successfully deployed ‘fully cashless’ solutions.

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