Councils urged to ramp up contingency planning to avert food disruption in any version of Brexit

24 May 2019

Local Authorities (LAs) in the UK must strengthen planning for possible disruption due to Brexit and prepare for the role of communicating food information to the public, according to new advice.

The briefing updates the Guidance on food Brexit planning for Local Authorities (November 2018) and is published as part of the Food Research Collaboration’s (FRC) Food Brexit Briefing series.

It reiterates the need for LAs to locate and draw together existing expertise within public authorities, create food resilience teams, identify and plan for possible scenarios, and ‘be the local voice for food’.

It also recommends that LAs:

• Plan for the social groups for whom they have specific responsibility, including, in some cases, school pupils, the elderly and people in social care.

• Prepare plans for communicating with the public under recommendations issued in 2011, ancillary to the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act.

• Liaise with other LAs and national professional bodies.

• Maintain pressure on central Government to provide better information about food supply risks.

• Liaise with representatives of food companies located in their geographical areas to ensure as full understanding as is possible, in accordance with their corporate lines of communication.

Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London said:

“The current political ‘calm’ over Brexit should not lead to a lapse in preparations. But it does provide local authorities with an opportunity for intelligence-sharing and planning, without the distraction of Westminster upheavals or even panic.”

Read the report here.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

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