10 August 2011
Caerphilly county borough council has announced that it will freeze school meal prices this year in a move that is sure to be welcomed by parents in these difficult economic times.
Meal prices in both primary and secondary schools will remain unchanged when the new school year starts in September.
"We are mindful of the pressures facing our residents at the moment so we are keen to do everything possible to ease the situation and help families make savings," said Cllr Colin Mann, deputy leader of council and cabinet member for finance and sustainability. "We will continue to provide our pupils with nutritious, tasty school meals using quality suppliers to ensure standards remain high, but we will not be passing on extra costs to local parents this year."
"Caerphilly council wants to send out a clear message that we are leading by example," said Cllr Allan Pritchard, leader of council. "Not only have we frozen school meal prices this year, we have also introduced a 0% increase on Council Tax bills and we've put a freeze on councillor's allowances. We are able to make these decisions thanks to our careful financial management that has placed us in a strong position to address the challenges facing public services at the moment."
The council will consult on any future school meal price increases and a report on the matter will be brought forward later in the year.
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