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Derby - 'Super kitchen' could lay off 114 school staff

Up to 114 school kitchen staff could be jobless as Derby City Council considers a "super kitchen" for all school meals.

The central production kitchen would cost #163;1.5 million and has been proposed as an alternative to a private provider or externally sourced frozen meals distributed by the council.

Ten of Derby's school kitchens were shut on the grounds of poor health and safety. In protest, kitchen staff walked out of Mickleover Primary School in the final week of term, leaving the head to order sandwiches in and buy bread and jam as the school dinner.

Unions, heads and parents are sceptical that a central council kitchen is the answer.

Charlie Carruth, the Unison regional organiser, told the Derby Evening Telegraph: "They have said a 'super kitchen' would be too expensive so I don't know if they now see that differently."

The council confirmed there would be "one-off redundancy costs", but insisted there would be overall savings. GL.

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