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Changes planned to school meal provision in Cambridgeshire

On 23 February 2018, Members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Commercial and Investment Committee approved the recommendation that Cambridgeshire Catering and Cleaning Service (CCS) withdraw from the school catering and cleaning market by the end of this calendar year.

In recent years there has been a slow but steady decline in the overall number of schools receiving a catering service from Cambridgeshire Catering and Cleaning Services (CCS), from 202 contracts in March 2015 (54% of Cambridgeshire market for schools catering) to 174 contracts in November 2017 (46%). There has also been a steady decline in the number of sites receiving a cleaning service, from 125 in January 2009 to 79 in November 2017.

The decision to withdraw is based on the increase in providers to the market following the introduction of universal free school meals and the ability for CCS to be competitive in this market. The service is currently making a marginal return, however, we expect this to decrease over the next year, so we are taking this decision now so we can support schools with a smooth transition to new providers.   Particular help and support will be given to more rural schools, and no school will be left without a service offering high quality, healthy and cost-effective meals.

Schools and affected staff were told of this decision on Monday 26 February 2018.

We remain committed to supporting schools to maintain balanced and healthy meals. LGSS Procurement is able to provide schools with support in sourcing new catering or cleaning suppliers and is inviting interested schools to make contact to find out more from them directly.

We are confident that many of those currently providing meals in schools or cleaning the premises will be able to transfer to the new providers and we will work with the new suppliers to make sure all staff eligible for TUPE will be transferred with minimal disruption.   There will be some centrally based and peripatetic posts at risk of redundancy, but again we will work with affected staff to explore all options and look at any other suitable vacancies.

Below is the information about how this affects schools in your Constituency:

Cambridge constituency CCS spreadsheet

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Huntingdon constituency CCS spreadsheet

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North East Cambs constituency CCS spreadsheet

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North West Cambs constituency CCS spreadsheet

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South Cambs constituency CCS spreadsheet

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South East Cambs constituency CCS spreadsheet

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Cambridgeshire County Council responds to Government Funding Formula review

Cambridgeshire County Council has welcomed the Government’s recognition that the current, increasingly dated Funding Formula is no longer fit for purpose and the Fair Funding consultation as the next step in the creation of a new solution.

As we have highlighted in our FairDeal4Cambs campaign, under the current funding formula Cambridgeshire County Council faces a 51% drop in its core funding by 2020.

We are currently the third lowest funded county council in the UK. If we were funded at the level of the average London Borough we would receive an additional £75m a year, or if funded at the level of the average county council we would receive £13.7m a year more RSG.

Cambridgeshire has submitted its response to the review of relative needs and resources consultation and looks forward to continued engagement throughout the review.

Cambridgeshire wins £3.2 million to develop one of the first autonomous shuttle services in the UK

Cambridge is on track to be the first city in the UK to have a ground-breaking autonomous shuttle service as part of its public transport network, after a successful bid for £3.2milllion of Government funding to develop trial vehicles. 

Smart Cambridge, which is led by Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership, has secured the multi-million grant from the Centre of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered by Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency.

Over the next two years, Coventry-based engineering firm Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group will develop six 10-15-seater self-driving shuttles to trial on the southern section of the existing guided busway, when ordinary buses aren’t running. 

Due to start in summer 2020, the initial out of hours service will run between Trumpington Park and Ride and Cambridge Station, via the strategically important Cambridge Biomedical Campus site including Addenbrookes and Papworth Hospital and leading life science companies such as Astra Zeneca. 

If successful, self-driving vehicles could then be rolled-out elsewhere round Greater Cambridge, for example to link some of the science and business campuses to each other or to rural travel hubs.

The announcement has been widely welcomed. Read more here.

Contact:
Smart Cambridge Team
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01223 729 079

Trading Standards working to expose modern slavery and migrant exploitation

In its guidance published before Christmas - “Tackling Modern Slavery – a Local Authority Guide”, the Local Government Association sets out the shocking fact that while most people consider the slave trade to have ended when slavery was abolished in 1833, there are more slaves today than ever before in human history, with the Home Office estimating that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards are well placed to identify such circumstances in the labour market, frequently coming across rogue trader gangs who are suspected of migrant labourer exploitation. The service is currently involved in one such case, and is committed to working with our partners to tackle these crimes.

Milton Road Library transformation

Work is now progressing on the redevelopment of Milton Road Library in Cambridgeshire, with demolition of the current library starting in February 2018.

This mixed use redevelopment will provide a new library and community space, plus seven residential flats.  Until the new building is ready the library service is being provided from a mobile library van permanently parked in the Roger Ascham building car park on Ascham Road. View opening times.

100 more reablement workers sought

An ambitious campaign to recruit 100 more reablement workers to bring the current team strength up to 300, and help keep older vulnerable people out of hospital, or retain their independence faster following illness, has begun.    Targeted marketing across social media, job fairs, information being distributed through outlets such as libraries has so far delivered more than 1,000 views on the application website. View further information.

Data at your fingertips

Cambridgeshire Insight is a shared research knowledge base for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. It allows users an easy way to access and share information and research for deeper insights about their local area.

All the information on the site is grouped by theme. The ‘Quick Profiles’ tool provides an overview report for wards within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough across all themes.

You can also follow information from the site on Twitter - @CambsInsight

Dates for your diary - keeping in touch with Cambridgeshire County Council

Following on from your feedback at the breakfast meeting in September 2017, we have arranged future Cambridgeshire MP briefings in London and after Prime Minister's Questions. Cllr Steve Count and Chief Executive Gillian Beasley will be hosting the meeting at 1pm in Room M at Portcullis House on:

  • Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Wednesday 20 June 2018 (House of Commons venue to be confirmed)

Reminders will be sent nearer the time. For further information, please contact our Executive Officer George Hakes by email at [email protected].

(With thanks to the office of Heidi Allen MP for supporting setting up the arrangements).

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