UK Government issues £3m grant to tackle food waste during coronavirus outbreak

Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus outbreak. From overcoming operational barriers in obtaining, storing and transporting food safely from restaurants as they close in response to coronavirus, to supporting drops in volunteer numbers, grants will be available to redistributors working hard to ensure valuable food supplies do not go to waste. All food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to bid for grants over…

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IPA welcomes government and newspaper industry ad partnership

The IPA has welcomed the announcement of the government and the newspaper industry’s three-month advertising partnership to help keep the public safe and the nation united throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Newsworks, the newspaper marketing body for national newspapers, the ‘All in, all together’ campaign idea was developed by the newspaper industry as a way of delivering government communications in an intimate, human and compassionate tone that readers can relate to. The partnership begins with a cover wrap and homepage takeover across hundreds of newspaper titles. Says Paul Bainsfair,…

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Mind working with Government to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak

The Government has today issued guidance about looking after wellbeing during the pandemic, as well as a £5m pot to help charities support people’s mental health. The guidance, from Public Health England, sets out principles to follow including maintaining contact with friends and family, keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern, and focusing on a hobby or learning something new. It also includes advice for parents and carers on looking after children’s mental health. Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England said:“During these challenging times, it is natural for all of…

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UK fashion brands take action to tackle modern slavery

The UK’s multi-billion fashion industry employs tens of thousands of people, which can make its companies vulnerable to unscrupulous providers and criminals who exploit workers for their labour. The new anti-slavery agreement will commit its signatories, John Lewis, M&S, New Look, NEXT, River Island and Shop Direct, to work together with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), and others, to root out criminality and shine a light on hidden victims. These efforts to uncover hidden slavery in businesses come as activity to respond to modern slavery offences has reached…

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UK Government outlines vision to empower and invest in society

The first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years will build stronger communities by bringing together businesses, charities and the public sector, the Government has vowed today. Civil society refers to organisations and individuals working to create social value, enriching lives and building a fairer society for all. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, unveiled the new vision today, which places communities at the centre of decision-making and focuses on five key foundations of social value: people, places and the public, private and social sectors. The work follows the…

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