PAYD costs

#1
I'm off on a course soon and it's PAYD. As I'm TA I'm not sure what the cost of the meals will be and my unit weren't sure. Could somone please let me know the current prices as I want to make sure I've got enough cash for the course. I did look on here and armynet but couldn't find anything.

Thanks
 
#3
its about £4.85 a day. Basic meal no large portions, squash, tea or coffee
 
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#4
you get squash and water free, at least you did at every cookhouse I've eaten in
 
#6
Be fair. In terms of quantity, it's more than adequate. Most people don't collect all the items that they're entitled to. My only gripe there is that you're only entitled to one cup of tea per meal - and it's a small cup.

Quality, though. That's another matter.
 
#8
you get squash and water free, at least you did at every cookhouse I've eaten in

its now part of the core menu apparently, most cookhouses turn a blind eye to the refills hail to the NAAFI
 
#9
If the place you are going to has the enhanced menu rather than the core, it is slightly more expensive, but you get more. Can't remember the prices as I was self-catering.
 
#10
its now part of the core menu apparently, most cookhouses turn a blind eye to the refills hail to the NAAFI
A drink is part of the Core menu and always has been. It used to be pretty precise about how much and what you should expect at each meal....leading to an RQ threatening to knock a chief twice around camp when the core breakfast turned up and consisted of cold tesa, hard boiled eggs, bacon and bread. Being charged the full cost of 300 core breakfasts for f**k all kinda peeved him.....
 
#12
Ok. Cheers for the replies. So either £4.85 or £6 a day. Better go to the bank before I go then.
 
#16
As I understand it, the intention was that PAYD should only apply if you're at your home cookhouse. For the TA, that should only be at your own TAC.

Then somebody got the idea that local cookhouses should also be PAYD. That snowballed to PAYD wherever you go.

The theory behind it all is that Regular soldiers have the option to cook for themselves at their own barracks (either in their singly block or back at their pad). TA soldiers could reasonably be expected to bring their own food to their TAC for their day's training. Once the option is removed, e.g. attendance at a short course or >24 hrs training away from the TAC, free feeding comes into play.

What the official line is at the moment, I haven't a clue. I know that wherever I go in the UK, I end up paying. When I go abroad (i.e. FI, ASI, etc.), I don't.
 
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#17
Must have been an anomoly when I was on a recent course and didn't pay for core meals then.
Maybe it depends where you did the course, I did a course at the EUFOR Navy place in London and had to pay for meals but could claim the money back if I was that bothered.
 
#18
Must have been an anomoly when I was on a recent course and didn't pay for core meals then.
This is the first time I've had to pay and for a 2 week course it's going to add up.
 
#19
This is the first time I've had to pay and for a 2 week course it's going to add up.
Do your Mummy and Daddy normally provide all your food, or do you have to pay for it yourself? If you do pay for it yourself, then the amount you are charged for food whilst on your course should be more than offset by the savings you make by not having to buy the food that you would otherwise have had.
 
#20
What do you do for food normally?

Whatever you're spending in the cookhouse you're not spending eating where you normally do.
 
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