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Free Staff Lunch

All staff are eligible for a free lunch on each day they work.

Who gets this benefit and when?

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This benefit applies only to the individual employee and is not transferable; you should not use the balance to pay for food for any other person.

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This benefit applies to lunch only, and cannot be used at breakfast or supper.

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Free lunch is available only on days worked.

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Lunch is available 12.30-2.00pm, but staff may start lunch at 12.15pm (please do not come before 12.15pm)

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Lunch breaks are unpaid and should be taken in the employee’s own time.

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The timing and length of lunch breaks should be agreed between the employee and their line-manager.

Restrictions

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There is a financial limit of £8.25 per person, per lunch (from 19 August 2019), based on the full price of each item (i.e. not the subsidised price).

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No credit is given for lunches not taken.

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The following restricted items are excluded from the free lunch offer, and should be paid for separately: bottled drinks (including bottled water) and milk.

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Taking more than one of the same item is not permitted i.e. two yoghurts, cereal bars, puddings, sandwiches, main courses, etc. The only exception to this is whole pieces of fruit, where a maximum of two items is permitted.

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Sandwiches and baguettes can be taken only as a ‘main course’, not in addition to a main course dish.  This benefit applies only when the kitchens are open, and no monetary equivalent is payable when the kitchens are closed.

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Lunch should be eaten in the Dining Hall and not taken away. The only exception is for office staff taking their lunch back to work at their desk.

Other

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Credit of £8.25 will be automatically added to your University card each day for you to spend in the cafeteria at lunchtime.

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Any unspent credit from one day will not be carried forward to the next/another day.

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This benefit is restricted to £8.25 per day. So, if your purchase costs more than £8.25, you will have to pay the balance yourself, using either your Upay account or your personal credit/debit card. Please ensure you have credit on your personal card for such an occasion.

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This £8.25 credit can only be used in the cafeteria; it cannot be used in the Coffee Bar.

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Please remember, you must present your card at the till to obtain your free lunch.

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Putting items back (unless they are pre-packed and can be resold) is not permitted. Persistent offenders will be reported and may have this benefit removed.

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This is not currently considered by HMRC as a taxable benefit.

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This benefit is non-contractual and is provided at the College’s discretion.

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