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Threat of Swansea school meal price hike

Council says no decisions have been made


THE cost of school meals in Swansea could face another rise – potentially in January – but parents would be consulted before any decision is made.

Staff pay rises and increases in food costs are putting pressure on school catering budgets.

The price of school meals rose in Swansea by 10p this year to £2.40 per day.


Nick Williams, Swansea Council’s director of education, told a committee that staff pay rises and increases in food costs were putting pressure on the school catering budget.


All council departments are trying to avoid overspends come the end of the financial year on March 31, meaning that some tough decisions may need to be taken.


The council’s education department is forecast to be in the red by £1.8 million at the end of the financial year, but this position was at the end of the first quarter.


Pressures include home to school transport and pension costs, as well as catering.


The price of school meals rose in Swansea by 10p this year to £2.40 per day.


A council spokesman confirmed that staff pay rises and above-inflation food cost increases were ramping up budget pressures:


“As a result there is a likelihood that the we might need to consult on an increase in the cost of a school meal,” he said.


“No decisions have been made and there will not be an increase in the charge in January without prior consultation.”


Mr Williams also said he was concerned that some school governors were requesting pay rises for long-serving head teachers, despite the head teachers having reached the top of their pay scale.

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