£232,000 scheme to solve '˜significant health and safety risks' of providing more dinners at Leeds school

A SCHEME costing £232,400 has been approved to refurbish and extend the kitchens at a west Leeds school in a bid to address 'significant health and safety risks' posed by providing more hot dinners.

A report to Leeds City Council states the work is needed so Pudsey Lowtown Primary School complies with a Government requirement for all primary schools to offer a hot free school meal to all children in reception, year one, and year two.

The report states: “The proposed scheme comprises of a kitchen extension and refurbishment of the existing including the installation of new kitchen equipment which is scheduled to be complete for October 2017.

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“This will address significant health and safety concerns around the delivery of hot meals in the school.”

The Government’s Children and Families Bill 2014 set out a commitment for all primary schools to offer a free hot meal to children in the ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ programme.

The report adds: “As a result of significant health and safety risks posed through delivery of an increased number of hot meals at Pudsey Lowtown Primary School, the project is required to ensure a sustainable solution to address the Health & Safety risks that have been identified.”

Leeds City Council’s director of children’s services has approved the scheme.