Priorities announced by the new government include food labelling and information, and a transparent and fair supply chain.
On Thursday 19 December, the Queen delivered a speech outlining the new government's priorities. The 151 page briefing document that accompanied the speech includes three commitments aligned with the Real Bread Campaign’s long-standing call for improved loaf marketing and labelling legislation:
Real Bread Campaign co-ordinator Chris Young said: “These commitments on transparency, fairness, labelling, and other provision of information about how food is produced reinforce the promise we previously secured from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We remain committed to holding Defra to this.”
In November 2018, Michael Gove wrote: “I share your clear desire for consumers to have clear and accurate information about the food that they buy […]we have an opportunity to review this […] so that consumers have the information they need to have full confidence in the food they buy and this is something my department has committed to.”
The Queen’s speech also included commitment that should be good news for small bakeries: ‘...doubling the threshold for Small Business Rate Relief – meaning over 675,000 of the smallest businesses now pay no rates at all.’
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