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The latest network queries circulated for this service are listed below.

If you would like more information about any of these queries or want to submit a response, please email Vickie Hacking.

Network queries from previous years are available on the links at the bottom of the page.



CAT0254 - Charging for meals served during the pandemic - 180520         

A Member Authority charge for meals served and a fixed fee for the year.

This is the approach that the authority are looking at taking during this pandemic, however new government guidance suggest that a % is charged to the school from the last 3 month average. The Member authority is seeking information regarding what councils are doing with their charging others doing, and do you interpret the guidance to be for private for contractors only ?"


CAT0253 - Primary Authority scheme - Allergen advice - 290420 

Under the legislation-backed Primary Authority scheme, which allows businesses to set up a partnership with a local authority to receive advice on certain topics such as food safety including allergen control. Councils throughout England must then follow this advice.

A Member Authorities partner which is from the private sector and have asked for some advice regarding the provision of special dietary meals provided as part of their school meals contract on:

‘XX Company have suitable procedures for the preparation, cooking and service of individual special dietary meals which complies with all relevant food safety and FIR regulations.’

The Member Authority is seeking details from other councils regarding the procedures they have in place and how they ensure that the partner company is exercising ‘due diligence’ in the procedures."


CAT0252 - Percentage of central / corporate charges - 080420    

A Member Authority are seeking information regarding the percentage of central/corporate charges that are passed onto the catering service based upon your gross expenditure.


CAT0251 - Removal of bottled drinks from high schools - 130320

A Member Authority is seeking information from other local authority caterers who have removed bottled drinks from High Schools

The authority would also like to know what has your authority replaced them with."


CAT0250 - Inclement weather policy for catering staff within the school meal service - 130320    

A Member Authority are in the process of reviewing their inclement weather policy for catering staff within the school meal service.

The Member Authority is seeking information regarding what policy other council have in place and if authorities would be willing to share details of their policy."


CAT0248 - Incentivising pupils and parents to take school meals as an option - 110220     

A Member Authority are seeking information regarding what other authorities have tried or have in place to incentivise pupils/parents to take school meals as an option. The Member Authority would specially like to know the following:-

1.            What incentives have you tried that worked well?

2.            What was the impact on the school meal uptake?

3.            Where there any issues with implementing the incentive?

4.            What have you tried that did not work well?

5.            Why did the incentive not work?"


CAT0247 - Mobile Catering Units - 200120

This authority would like to know:

1. Does your authority operate mobile catering units to provide school meals / grab and go food in either Primary or Secondary school playgrounds?

2. If so, would you be able to provide an outline of provision?

3. Would you be willing to either share your business case and/or operating, income and staffing details? If so, could you please provide your contact details:

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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