Local authority school meals and private providers

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Dear Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government,

I would like to get information on the provision of school meals, specifically regarding statistics on the number or proportion of schools that use local authority catering providers, those that use private companies, and those that use in-house services.

Such information was previously available for 2013/14 from the school lunch take-up survey but I am unable to find figures for later dates. (https://dera.ioe.ac.uk/21825/1/RR405_-_S...)

I would also like to receive the data (or similar data) that must exist behind these figures, ie. lists of which local authorities (and schools if available) provide catering services themselves and which contract out to private companies.

Finally, I would also like any data you have on companies that have taken up contracts with local authorities or directly with schools. If you need to reduce this task, I would be interested in the largest providers, such as Caterlink, Chartwells and Sodexo (or others of that size).

Many thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Cockburn

Despatch Box,

                            
Our reference: 4088720             Information request

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 25 February 2019.
 
Your request was:
 
I would like to get information on the provision of school meals,
specifically regarding statistics on the number or proportion of schools
that use local authority catering providers, those that use private
companies, and those that use in-house services.
Such information was previously available for 2013/14 from the school
lunch take-up survey but I am unable to find figures for later dates.
(https://dera.ioe.ac.uk/21825/1/RR405_-_S...)
I would also like to receive the data (or similar data) that must exist
behind these figures, ie. lists of which local authorities (and schools if
available) provide catering services themselves and which contract out to
private companies.
Finally, I would also like any data you have on companies that have taken
up contracts with local authorities or directly with schools. If you need
to reduce this task, I would be interested in the largest providers, such
as Caterlink, Chartwells and Sodexo (or others of that size).
 
I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and aim to send you a response by 25 March 2019.
 
If you have any questions, please ask by return email. Please leave the
subject line unchanged when replying, to make sure your email gets
straight to me.
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Ashwin Jolly
Deputy FOI Business Partner
 
 
 
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Our reference: 4088720             Information request

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for information.
 
Please find attached, our response to your request.
Knowledge and Information Access Team
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
 
 
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