School Meal Price Increase
In accordance with the County Catering Contract, the price of a paid school meal will increase to £2.28 from Monday April 24th 2017.
The County Council are reluctant to increase the price which has remained at £2.20 since 2013. However, the cost of labour has increased following the introduction of the National Living Wage and there have also been large increases in the costs of food, materials and transport during the last twelve months.
We have managed to absorb the increasing costs of the service during the last four years with a number of efficiencies in operation. The service has also benefitted from a long period of food cost deflation prior to 2017.
We will continue to provide fresh, home cooked nutritious school lunches to the Food For Life Gold Standard and are disappointed that we have had to pass on the increase in cost on this occasion.
Please note ParentPay will be updating the system centrally to reflect these increases during the Easter break. Therefore there is no action required by schools (i.e. changing any settings) as this will be managed for you. Parents will be made aware of the increase via the log on page of ParentPay. However would you please also communicate this statement to your parents specifically the ones who pay for meals.
If you require further information, please contact Stephen Haywood, Support Services Officer Support Services Gloucestershire County Council, Tel: 01452 328826 Mob: 07768142508