Close subsidised canteens

A council review by Stoke on Trent City Council discovered their subsidised canteen was operating at a £71,000 yearly loss If there are not any nearby shops, local small firms – commercial sandwich deliverers and caterers – will be happy to visit the council offices to have the opportunity to sell their produces. Alternatively, Government can lease some space to a commercial business or allow in a ‘pop up’ operator.

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A council review by Stoke on Trent City Council discovered their subsidised canteen was operating at a £71,000 yearly loss If there are not any nearby shops, local small firms – commercial sandwich deliverers and caterers – will be happy to visit the council offices to have the opportunity to sell their produces. Alternatively, Government can lease some space to a commercial business or allow in a ‘pop up’ operator.

by Hard_Pressed_Taxpayer on April 07, 2017 at 11:20AM

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  • Posted by DocMills April 07, 2017 at 12:44

    Remove subsidy and outsource catering.
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 09, 2017 at 19:29

    Or use in-house canteen for sandwiches etc rather than engaging outside caterers for presentations and meetings.
  • Posted by George April 10, 2017 at 14:07

    Given the location of the hospital and no food outlets being available nearby I think it would be daft to close it, it shouldn't be subsidised though but also not out to make a profit - just charging enough to cover costs of running. The kitchen's are still going to be required to produce patient food so surely it wouldn't save anything by closing it to the employees.

    I don't understand the canteen in government offices - it's in the town centre, there are LOTS of food outlets nearby so there is no need for this. Other than the MHKs probably like getting their cheap grub in there.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 11, 2017 at 23:44

    Why can't everyone get their own lunch ? I can understand Nobles staff who work unsocial hours and there is nothing nearby,an opportunity for a small business I would say? I England there are always food outlets based near to hospitals.But all other government depts should have to sort themselves out,just like normal people have to.Whats wrong with a packed lunch?I actually didn't know there was a canteen for government let alone that it was subsidised.
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 27, 2017 at 13:16

    Hospital staff (& patients) should have healthy low cost catering facilities provided

    There is no excuse for subsidising catering for anyone else
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