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Private deals block Jamie's school dinners - schools tied into 25 year contracts to serve children junk.

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WideWebWitch Mon 25-Apr-05 13:05:19

this is outrageous IMO but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

WideWebWitch Mon 25-Apr-05 13:05:43

Point me in the right direction btw if someone's already started a thread on this.

TheVillageIdiot Mon 25-Apr-05 13:11:06


and honestly schools being built without proper kitchen facilities and reducing the chance of preparing fresh food onsite. It shouldn't be allowed.

I signed the JO petition but wish there was more I could do. My dd isn't even school age yet.

MarsLady Mon 25-Apr-05 13:33:11

of course! How bloody ridiculous!

sobernow Mon 25-Apr-05 13:38:53

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SenoraPostrophe Mon 25-Apr-05 13:44:16

well, that's odd, because the government have been "thinking about" doing something about school meals for a long time - since well before the jamie oliver prog - haven't they?

Really I think it is out bloody rageous that they gave away 25 year contracts for anything to do with schools without lots of min standards clauses and some flexibility on the part of the schools/LEA. The one they're talking about in the article has been sub-sub-contracted too, which means it must have been v generous to the company involved (2 can make a profit now).

PFI is the main reason why i am not voting Labour by the way. iraq is the other reason.

cod Mon 25-Apr-05 13:44:59

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hunkermunker Mon 25-Apr-05 13:46:38

All parents should give their children packed lunches for as long as it takes to make Scolarest et al get out of the school catering business.

If they can't afford them, co-operatives should be set up. If they don't have time to make them, they should pay someone else to do it.

cod Mon 25-Apr-05 13:46:52

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hunkermunker Mon 25-Apr-05 14:10:51

But at least the catering companies would go out of business and then they could start afresh with decent food.

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 14:12:34

Hi WWW - I started this thread here to ask people to use the pre-election period to get something done about it.

Chandra Mon 25-Apr-05 14:13:42

Sa that convenience food is soo popular other wise it would be worth it to start a boicot not only in the schools (by sending lunchboxes) but by stoping buying their products.

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 14:16:17

In Merton we are feeling very upbeat about this and have all sorts of possible tactics up our sleeves.

marialuisa Mon 25-Apr-05 15:05:38

Went to visit my gran in the forest of dean at the w/e, there was a piece in the local rag about parents picketing a local primary school that is trying to ban kids taking in sweets, crisps etc. for break. Some of the kids and parents photographed ...

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 15:38:30

Sounds like the school mishandled it - they should've had a meeting to consult parents. And what were the parent governors doing?

Don't think parents should be blamed - blame the marketing campaigns that make kids want junk.

Imagine what a difference it would make if every fruit and vegetable had its own marketing campaign - including TV ads - to persuade kids to eat it.

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 15:40:31

...especially if they were in competition with each other.

SoupDragon Mon 25-Apr-05 17:10:55

Thing is, DSs school is catered for by Scolarest and they are sorting the menu out in conjunction with the school. They do have catering facilities onsite though.

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 17:13:52

Yes, all the contractors will probably jump to it if they're pressured to.

WideWebWitch Mon 25-Apr-05 17:15:05

Senora, you know pfi makes me want to spit too. This is so wrong. I agree, parents ought to just boycott school dinners unless they're decent. I'd love to see one of these contracts. I do remember you saying this cod.

WideWebWitch Mon 25-Apr-05 17:16:07

Sorry tiddlypom, didn't see the other thread until I just followed your link. Do you mind my carrying on ranting here? I'd be interested to hear if you get anywhere with your campaign.

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 17:25:07

That's fine - v pleased to see it bumped up!

And it's another thing we can all agree on (more or less).

tiddlypom Mon 25-Apr-05 17:43:05

Bumpety bump for the evening shift.

I'm off out now - Motherinferior insists I should get out more !

motherinferior Mon 25-Apr-05 20:15:15


WideWebWitch Mon 25-Apr-05 21:23:50

Bumping too and wondering if I'm the only one (other than people who've posted) outraged by this? It's scandalous, surely?

Caligula Mon 25-Apr-05 21:25:26

Totally scandalous. But then, everything about PFI is.

Funny that it's not an election issue.

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