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Food planning for continuing Brexit uncertainties

This briefing paper from the UK’s Food Research Collaboration, the latest in its Food Brexit Briefings series, reiterates the need for local authorities to create food plans for during and after the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union.​

The report calls for local authorities to:

  • Makes specific plans for social groups such as school pupils, the elderly and people in social care.
  • Prepare plans for communicating with the public.
  • Liaise with other local authorities 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.

Read the full report, Local Authority update: food planning for continuing Brexit uncertainties, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food security?

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