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Freedom of information request response - 06057

FOI request

FOI ID number
06057
Regarding
Local Authority Food Procurement
Request

Four Paws UK would like to learn more about the efforts that are being made in your area regarding food procurement. We would value your response and it will be of special interest to members of the public. The findings will be communicated as part of our ongoing work with our supporters in your constituency. We are also more than happy to provide advice and support if you wish to do more.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Thank you.

Email Address:  
Name:  
Local Authority:  

Section 1:

Does your local authority have its own official food policy?

  Yes
  No (Go to Section 2)

Is it publicly available?

  Yes - If yes where?
  No

Does your food policy mention animal welfare?

  Yes
  No

How often is the policy reviewed? (eg. Annually, every 2 years, every 5 years, not specified?)

 

What measures are taken to make sure the policy is enforced?

Are audits conducted? (Please respond to both questions)

 

Which institutions (local authority and academy schools, primary and secondary schools, hospitals, universities, other canteens, etc.) in your area follow your food policy when procuring food, either entirely or parts of it? Please provide a list of them:

Primary schools:

Secondary schools:

Other institutions:

Do you give priority to food produced under specific assurance schemes?

If so, which one(s):

  Red Tractor RSPCA Organic Green Public Procurement Guidelines Government Buying Standard Other (please specify)
Chicken            
Pork            
Beef            
Eggs            
Milk            
Dairy            
Turkey            

In your authority, are any of the standards below set as a minimum requirement that must be met for the purchase of the following products: ?

  Red Tractor RSPCA Organic
Chicken      
Pork      
Beef      
Eggs      
Milk      
Dairy      
Turkey      

In your authority, what eggs (shell and liquid) are purchased and/or used for catering:

Please select the minimum accepted standard:

  Free range
  Barn (indoor exclusively, non-caged)
  Caged
  Don’t know

Do all local authority schools in your area follow your food policy?

  Yes
  No
  I don’t know

How do you work with schools to make sure your policies are implemented?

  Directly communicate your policies to them
  By providing guidance and training
  Via an advisory team
  We do not work with schools to share our policies
  Other

If 'Other' is selected above, please specify:

 

Section 2:

How much does your local authority spend on food in total per year? How much of this is within schools?

 

How much of this overall spend relates to animal-based products (meat, dairy, eggs, fish)?

 

Do you work with contract catering companies or in-house caterers? Please provide names of contact caterers and how much is spent on each company per year.

 

Do you intend to take greater account of animal welfare in future procurement processes?

  Yes
  No

If yes, to what extent?

 

What is the biggest barrier preventing you from increasing animal welfare in your procurement practices?

 

Would you be open to adopting or taking additional measures, if expert support from us was provided?

  Yes
  No

Would you be willing to publicise where the food you serve comes from?

  Yes
  No

 

Our response

Response

As a district council we do not have responsibility for schools, adult social services, children’s services or hospitals and therefore do not undertake food procurement on a large scale. We do occasionally use external caterers to provide food for buffets for certain occasions but these are done on an adhoc basis and funding comes from team or departmental budgets. We do not have a food policy or hold the information you have requested regarding these adhoc purchases of food.

Go to Freedom of Information on Cumbria County Council’s website if you wish to make an FOI request related to schools, adult social services, children’s services in Cumbria as these areas fall within their remit.

Response date
04 April 2019