Students returning to the University in September may be in for a nasty shock when they buy food from parts of SUSU. In an inflation-busting price increase, the price of some food and drink will have increased – most notably Stag’s Pizza, up to £5.50 from the previous £4.95.
The negligible levels of inflation nationally seemingly haven’t been factored in to SUSU’s latest budget for the year, with regards to food and drink. As well as Stag’s pizza, other items such as toasties and even pots of tea from the Bridge haven’t escaped the latest price rises, which came into effect on the 1st of August.
Wessex Scene caught up with Ben Franklin, the Union President, to find out what he thought of the price rises, and why they have come into effect. This is what he had to say:
This is because of the costs from suppliers rising, and I promise it wasn’t decided to try to fleece students – the Union has absorbed the increasing costs of production for the last few years to try not to have to do this, and it sucks that sometimes we have to put our costs up to create a sustainable service.
It seems then that those gloriously cheap pub nights will become that little bit more expensive for the foreseeable future, although our President assures us that a slight rise in cost is a small price to pay for the continuation of the wondrous nourishment that is the Stag’s pizza:
Hopefully, the extra 50p won’t be much of an inconvenience to guarantee that we can continue to offer pizza in The Stags, and we can remember the ‘good old days’ of pizza for a fiver while tucking into a warm slice of pepperoni while watching karaoke or sport, content in the knowledge that it was 50p extra well spent.
Despite these price increases, 2-for-1 Stag’s Pizza on Sunday nights has been continued for this year.