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COVID-19 Update, News & Support

23 Mar 2020
Our industry has never faced such a massive challenge, and my colleagues in NSG and I all want to send a message of support to our members our partners, suppliers and associates and especially to school catering teams throughout the UK.

This is a time of deep concern both within our industry and for our families and friends. Whatever your role in school food, the impact of the coronavirus is massive and changing daily. During this crisis we will work constantly to bring you trusted advice, clear information and every support for when we get back to normal – whatever and whenever that may be.

As the situation develops you can be sure that we will stay in touch, keep talking to the Government and share news of innovative ideas or advice that may help you cope and plan for the day schools fully reopen.  

We want to hear from you
In return please do send us good news stories of all that you and your teams are doing – please keep to less than 100 words and we will post them on our website and on social media with your permission.
I want to ensure that the good we do as an industry is not dismissed and is celebrated as it should be.
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Advice & Support

If there are any specific areas you would like us to investigate, comment on or offer advice please do not hesistate to contact us please allow up to 48 hours for us to respond either directly to you or we will post relevant information and updates to this page.

Covid-19 updates from LACA

31st March 2019
Daily Covid-19 Update
It is our view and also that of DfE that schools should first and foremost continue to offer food in some form through their current catering provider and that vouchers should only be used as a last resort when other options have been exhausted.  

For more information on the scheme please refer to the details which are provided here.

30th March 2020
Updated government guidance and FAQs for contracts within the public sector
Daily Covid-19 Update
Weekly Members Overview
Message from Alison Frith, President, Réunion des Gastronomes - Hospitality Action Support

27th March 2020
Daily Covid-19 Update

26th March 2020
Daily Covid-19 Update
Minister for Children responds to questions on free school meals

25th March 2020
Daily Covid-19 Update
A message of hope from Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary's Meals Founder

24th March 2020
Procurement Policy Note - Supplier relief due to COVID-19
Gov.UK Guidance - Further businesses and premises to close

Gov.UK Guidance - New rules on staying at home and away from others

Contact directive for DfE:  LACA have been advised that the FSM team are currently preparing an offical Q&A which is planned to go up on very shortly.  It is hoped this should include details of opening arrangements during holidays and the face value of any vouchers claimed.

The DfE will be regularly revising advice as questions come in.  If any individuals have further queries, the DfE are advising  that these be directed through the helpline on the contact details below, so that these can be logged and directed accordingly. 

DfE Contact Details

20th March 2020
LACA sends letter to Secretary of State for Education

19th March 2020
Message of support from Stephen Forster, LACA National Chair and the NSG
Link to free school meals guidance
NGA (National Governance Association) guidance on coronavirus for governing boards