Comment posted School Meals saga: Council distorts facts and blocks Martha’s blog by newsroom.
Of course it would. What do they expect to find when they arrive by invitation? A piece of deep fried pizza, a croquette and an ice lolly?
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- Calum – can you tell us who – not names but roles – is blaming the dinner ladies?
- No such criticism has been made on For Argyll, either in articles by us or in any comments.
Everyone is aware that school kitchens cook what they are told with what products are delivered to them.
They do not make the contracting decisions.
We have become aware of a different Argyll and Bute primary school, with its own kitchen, where the cook claims to have been instructed previously by a council employee to cut £10 a week off the spend, specifically on fruit and vegetables.
It is worth noting that the overall cost per meal to Argyll and Bute is higher than many.
The question is how much of that overall cost actually goes on the raw materials for the meals – and how does that figure compare with the same cost element in other local authorities.
Parents and taxpayers need to be sure that the headline price per meal is not seeing more creamed off it for profit by contractors – with no difference for the average elsewhere in the cost of the food itself.
- Well spotted. We have decided to leave this latest typo in place as a tribute to your sense of humour and as a lighter moment.
- We have absolutely no trouble in accepting that good staff can be sent out to defend the indefensible where their well paid seniors, who are the responsible and policy setting officers, prefer to stand back.
On the same tack, you might like to think more sensitively about a nine year old child and parents who are patently doing their level best to create for her the context of accounting for and standing up for herself.
- Mairi – this is the Pathfinder North superfast (in parts) broadband network the taxpayer – and Argyll and Bute Council Tax payers – paid for.
A public promise was given at a meeting in Campbeltown that commercial subscriptions for business and domestic users would follow through a third party commercial provider, making best use of this more advanced network,
That has not happened. We have persistently chased it and all we get are blocking replies giving the clear sense that it will never happen.
The Pathfinder North network in Argyll and Bute serves all council premises and staff – and the raft of public services delivered through the council – like schools, libraries etc.
Third sector organisations are also given access to it.
It is a very large and capable network.
Recent comments by newsroom
- Huge consultancy costs to date on CHORD scheme
The £32k+ for Oban is not about consultancy but refers to what has already been spent to date on the Oban project itself.
We have also published earlier that AECOM were given a subsequent consultancy contract of around £600k from CHORD – but at that time, a few years ago, understood that contract to relate to other CHORD projects as well as Oban’s.
This means that, of the around £1.9 million spend so far on consultants fees for CHORD, AECOM have had, in total, a very large portion of it.
It means that, for Oban, which is your interest – the amount spent on consultancy fees in the years that this initiative has been running, far outweighs the money spent on the Oban CHORD initiative itself.
- SRSN Chair raises issue of Argyll evidence with Holyrood Education Committee
Your Education Director has, however, delivered himself of a ‘clarification’ to the Holyrood Education Committee. Article published here earlier today:
- Sneddon runs white flag to half mast on council deception of parliamentary Education Committee
Mr Sneddon is no one’s whipping boy.
He has been a prime mover since he arrived; and has acted on his own initiative in some matters that have brought the council as a whole into national disrepute – as when he sent out a dreadfully stalinist Press Release in the name of the Council on the revived Martha Payne excursion on school dinners just as the fledgling SNP administration was trying to find its feet.
He has also been given charge of progressing the sale of Castle Toward – a matter hung about with controversy – which is supported by a substantial evidence base.
It is a worrying signal of values at the council – and of its grasp of the realities – that a man like Mr Sneddon, with so whimsical a relationship with facts, has been chosen to keep the disposal of the property under way.
- Huge consultancy costs to date on CHORD scheme
That particular cost breakdown list [from the total given above it] is for the various spends on actual project works.
A question here relates to the Campbeltown all-weather sports pitch.
THis was not part of the Campbeltown CHORD project but money was vired from the townl;s CHORD budget to pay for the AWP.
The question now is whether the council is trying to make the Campbeltown CHORD project look better than it is by including the vired AWP spend as if it were a completed CHORD initiative.
The positive side of this is that the AWP was badly needed in Campbeltown and has done a lot of good there in many ways.
CHORD money is also being vired to the Town Hall project – a signature and joyful Campbeltown building.
Neither, though, were any part of the Campbeltown CHORD ‘vision’.
- Grangemouth admission of intention to import shale gas confirms For Argyll situation analysis
You are mistaken.
Petrochemical feedstock form tne Orth Sea is fie – the problem is that, like the other UK refineries, Grangenouoth is not geared up to handle the cheaper heavy crudes which are the future of the refining industry and of North Sea production.
This is a serious limitation on their lifespan.
Our eight-part series is a seriously researched exercise.
You would have found this information in its pieces on refining and on Grangemouth.
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