The future of Cambridgeshire Catering and Cleaning Services (CCS)
At the end of February, members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Commercial and Investment Committee agreed that the Council will cease to be a provider of catering and cleaning services to schools by the end of 2018.
All affected schools and staff have been informed of the closure of CCS and staff will be supported to find alternative employment, either through a new supplier that takes over the contract to provide catering and cleaning at the school in which they work or in other roles.
Procurement for catering and cleaning suppliers for individual or groups of schools is being offered by LGSS for a modest cost. If you would like to know more about this service or have other questions or queries please email Ask.CCS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
Councillor Josh Schumann, Chairman of the Commercial and Investment Committee, said, “We remain committed to supporting schools to fulfil their duty to provide balanced and healthy school meals and will help them to secure high quality and cost-effective catering with additional time and support dedicated to smaller, rural schools.
“CCS is well-regarded and has provided a good service to schools over the years, but the market is becoming increasingly competitive. The introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals for younger children made the market very attractive to commercial competitors, which resulted in a number of new entrants to the market. This put pressure on CCS who lost a number of profitable contracts. We have taken the decision to pull out of this market by the end of 2018 giving schools and staff time to look at the range of options available to them in good time. During this period we will be working closely with all of our schools to ensure that the transition to a new provider proves to be successful and ensures that similar or improved meals are available to all children.”