Lodi mayor says controversial school-canteen rule staying

Migrant children excluded over certification demands

(ANSA) - Lodi, October 15 - Lodi Mayor Sara Casanova on Monday stood by controversial new regulations in the northern city that have seen the children of many migrants unable to have access to school canteens and school bus services. "The regulation will certainly remain in force," Casanova told ANSA.
    "The law must always be valid for everyone". The regulation demands that migrant parents must submit documentation from their countries of origin about their wealth and income, in addition to certification from the Italian authorities, as part of means-testing for these services.
    The administration has come under fire as the move has reportedly led to around 200 migrant children being denied admission to school canteens. "I'm sorry that not everyone agrees with the principle of fairness that is at the base of this resolution, which aims to put Italians and foreigners in the same condition at the starting point to show their income and the assets they own," Casanova said.
    The mayor stressed that the city administration has pledged to find solutions for families unable to provide the documentation requested from their homelands.
   

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