York hopes to extend its Fairtrade appeal

City hopes to extend its Fairtrade appeal

City hopes to extend its Fairtrade appeal

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YORK could extend its Fairtrade status by bringing the products into a council cafe and even school meals.

The city council’s cabinet is due to consider a report today on York’s status as a Fairtrade city, and the future for the project, ten years on from when the accreditation was first awarded.

The paper, which will be presented by the cabinet member for homes and safer communities Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, updates cabinet members on progress in promoting Fairtrade goods, and calls on the cabinet to approve more action on Fairtrade.

Staff working in the office of chief executive Kersten England wrote: “The principles of Fairtrade align completely with the council’s drive to eradicate poverty.

“While the poverty in question is far beyond York’s city walls, spreading awareness of these principles is important in raising issues and increasing understanding of fairness both here and abroad.

“Our moral obligation to promote prosperity for all should not be defined by our boundaries.”

Among the proposals is a suggestion that both Café West – the on-site cafe at West Offices run by United Response – and school meals could use more Fairtrade projects.

With the ideas at a very early stage no formal proposals or costings have yet been worked out, according to a spokesman for the council.

Three city schools – Huntington Primary, Park Grove Primary and Canon Lee Secondary – have already met the exacting standards required to achieve Fairtrade school status.

A workplan already set out by the council is aimed at encouraging and helping more schools to get that accreditation.

The report also urges the cabinet to promote York’s Fairtrade credentials more widely.

A “Family Fairtade Trail” taking people to various Fairtrade outlets, but is not available to buy at Visit York, the officers’ report says, and there is an untapped source of publicity for the city in more visibly promoting its Fairtrade badge.

The report adds: “To date, the city has not chosen to visibly promote its Fairtrade status. The result of this is that it will be unknown to many in the city and to the millions of visitors arrive in York each year. There would be a clear benefit in working with out partners to raise the profile of Fairtrade to ensure that residents and visitors alike know where to access Fairtrade products should they chose to.”

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10:16am Tue 5 Aug 14

CommonSense!! says...

Standard for York Council, they care not for the people who live here (viz Lendal Bridge, Coppergate, refuse collections etc) and spend as much as possible on people not from the city.

Furthermore what is fair trade? Any trade is fair, there is a buyer and a seller, they agree a price, the deal is done. What fairtrade seems to mean is paying more than necessary for something with negligible results.

I am so glad the council has so little to worry about, and such an enormous budget excess that it can play with our money in this way.
Standard for York Council, they care not for the people who live here (viz Lendal Bridge, Coppergate, refuse collections etc) and spend as much as possible on people not from the city. Furthermore what is fair trade? Any trade is fair, there is a buyer and a seller, they agree a price, the deal is done. What fairtrade seems to mean is paying more than necessary for something with negligible results. I am so glad the council has so little to worry about, and such an enormous budget excess that it can play with our money in this way. CommonSense!!
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10:53am Tue 5 Aug 14

sweet William says...

Goodness - has Cllr Tracey Simply Wrong thrown in the towel now? I thought she was the Cabinet Member for Homes & Safer Communities and this Cross woman was Cabinet Member for Health. Just goes to show that James is now relying on far fewer people to carry out his barmy ideas.
Goodness - has Cllr Tracey Simply Wrong thrown in the towel now? I thought she was the Cabinet Member for Homes & Safer Communities and this Cross woman was Cabinet Member for Health. Just goes to show that James is now relying on far fewer people to carry out his barmy ideas. sweet William
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11:26am Tue 5 Aug 14

goatman says...

Most of the Fair Trade coffee that I have tried does not taste as good as main-stream, and is usually more expensive.

Let's support our own food manufacturers first, the surplus wealth generated can then be used for Overseas Aid.
Most of the Fair Trade coffee that I have tried does not taste as good as main-stream, and is usually more expensive. Let's support our own food manufacturers first, the surplus wealth generated can then be used for Overseas Aid. goatman
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12:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Stevie D says...

goatman wrote:
Most of the Fair Trade coffee that I have tried does not taste as good as main-stream, and is usually more expensive.

Let's support our own food manufacturers first, the surplus wealth generated can then be used for Overseas Aid.
Yes, support the coffee growers and tea plantations of Yorkshire ... all, um, none of them ...
[quote][p][bold]goatman[/bold] wrote: Most of the Fair Trade coffee that I have tried does not taste as good as main-stream, and is usually more expensive. Let's support our own food manufacturers first, the surplus wealth generated can then be used for Overseas Aid.[/p][/quote]Yes, support the coffee growers and tea plantations of Yorkshire ... all, um, none of them ... Stevie D
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12:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MaggieRules says...

Complete nonsense! the council need to sort their own management system that worry about do-gooder PC campaigns such as this!

FairTrade is simply a tax on the stupid.

How best to help 3rd world countries? send them a box of condoms and some one to show then how to use them
Complete nonsense! the council need to sort their own management system that worry about do-gooder PC campaigns such as this! FairTrade is simply a tax on the stupid. How best to help 3rd world countries? send them a box of condoms and some one to show then how to use them MaggieRules
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1:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

goatman says...

Not what I was saying, Stevie D.
Not what I was saying, Stevie D. goatman
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9:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

Adult Social Care in meltdown
Information Commissioner investigations into secrecy at CYC
Loyal Labour councillors deselected and discarded
No money to grit our roads in winter
Lendal Bridge fiasco all over national media

Labour response...

Wheel out their new favourite, Cllr Linsey Cunningham Cross to talk about Fairtrade and the elusive Hugh Bayley to visit the multicultural allotment.

Labour in control....you've got to be joking!
Adult Social Care in meltdown Information Commissioner investigations into secrecy at CYC Loyal Labour councillors deselected and discarded No money to grit our roads in winter Lendal Bridge fiasco all over national media Labour response... Wheel out their new favourite, Cllr Linsey Cunningham Cross to talk about Fairtrade and the elusive Hugh Bayley to visit the multicultural allotment. Labour in control....you've got to be joking! Jack Ham
  • Score: -5

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