Colleges spend £100,000 on potatoes in just one year

originally published on The Tab Durham in October 2015,  joint byline – Charles White and Emma Yeo. See The Tab for graphs etc.

Colleges spend £100,000 on potatoes in just one year

Mash ’em, boil ’em, stick ’em in a stew

You’re right – you only get potatoes in the north.

  • Posh Hatfield spends the most on potatoes
  • Thrifty Cuth’s spends just £3,000 on spuds
  • The Tab estimates the total the tater value will be well over £100,000. 

Colleges have been forced to admit they spend thousands of pounds just on spuds, while some denied having any data on the nation’s favourite vegetable.

In an exclusive Freedom of Information request, colleges handed over data about the cost of potatoes for the last three years. With the cost of potatoes soaring in some colleges, students might ask where their fee increases will go.

Collingwood were the worst offenders over the three years, racking up over £30,000 on tatties.

Unlucky Trevs went from an understandable £6k to a whopping £10k spend in just one year. While Hatfield was once a healthy £3,055 in 2012/13, it splashed out a crazed £12,828 last year.

Grey is the second worst offender, punishing their residents with £12,720 worth of potatoes in one year – up from £8k the year before.

Check out just how much your college is forking out on yams.

St John’s, Chad’s, John Snow and Stephenson didn’t hand over their potato fact sheet – while Ustinov and JoBo are self-catered and are spared the potato hell.


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