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Council cooks up recipe for catering success

Schools, care home residents, and Council staff could soon be tucking into an improved catering service following a major review of provision across the county.

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A report is calling for a transformation of Swansea Council's catering service in-house to better meet the needs of schools, social services clients and its staff, and to offer income opportunities for the local authority too.

The review is part of its Sustainable Swansea programme which looks at how best to deliver services to meet need and how to make sure they are sustainable.

Staff, parents, pupils, social services clients, and other stakeholders have all had a voice in shaping the options for the future of catering.

Proposals include consolidating the existing school meals and social services catering functions together into a single Council managed service making it more efficient.

Appointing a new business manager, revising processes, billing, and staff structures will help the service be more resource efficient and responsive.

The rollout of online payments for the new autumn term will improve the service further, resulting in greater convenience for parents.

Cllr Clive Lloyd, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Service Transformation & Business Operations, said: "What has become clear through this review is that we have a highly valued catering team who want to take the service forward.

"We need to support them to deliver the provision more effectively, more efficiently, and make it financially sustainable for the future.

"The new service will be better placed to continue to provide nutritional menus, respond to changing customer demand, and increase uptake of school meals both free and paid to benefit learning and tackle food poverty.

"I am grateful to everyone young and old who supported the review by taking part in events, visits and surveys to help us develop these plans and we will continue to listen going forward."

The review covered schools catering including breakfast clubs and lunchtime provision, staff catering in Council's Guildhall and Civic Centre offices, vending machines, and the Victoria Park Kiosk.

It also looked at social services catering including all residential care and respite settings, day services provision and other managed care and support services.

The report is due to go before Swansea Council's Cabinet on August 17th.


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