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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 16 December, 2013

 

Report of the Leader

 

Food Law Enforcement Plan 2013/14

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To apprise Cabinet of the Council's Food Law Enforcement Service Plan 2013/14.

Recommendations

1.         THAT the Food Law Enforcement Service Plan 2013/14 at Appendix 1 be approved.

2.         THAT the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) for consideration.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To approve the latest plan and to ensure the Council is meeting its statutory obligations in respect of food safety and food standards.

2.         To consider the Food Law Enforcement Service Plan 2013/14 in accordance with the Housing and Public Protection Committee forward work programme.

Background

2.         The Food Standards Agency requires the Council, under the Framework Agreement on Local Authority Food Law Enforcement, to produce a plan for its food law enforcement work.  Food Law Enforcement Plans are required to be submitted to the relevant Member, Member forum or Head of Service for approval to ensure local transparency and accountability.

 

3.         The Food Law Enforcement Plan 2013/14 sets out in detail the demands on the service and the resources allocated to the function.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The Food Law Enforcement Plan covers all aspects of food safety and food standards enforcement work and facilitates comparisons of performance between local authorities.  The plans provide the basis on which all local authorities are monitored and audited by the FSA.

5.         If the FSA are not satisfied with services being delivered by local authorities they have powers to transfer the relevant responsibilities to another authority.  This would have serious consequences as any cost incurred by the authority receiving the function would be fully recoverable from this Council.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         The resources required to meet the requirements of the Framework Agreement together with the shortfall are detailed in the Plan.  In view of the current shortfall in resources, a risk based approach to food safety enforcement will continue to be adopted by the Council with additional resources being targeted at those premises and activities posing the highest risk to public health.  Additional resources have also been indentified, if necessary, from existing departmental resources.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         None directly arising from this report and its recommendations.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.         The Council has statutory duties in respect of food safety, food standards and infectious disease control.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         None directly arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      None directly arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      To improve the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by delivering a range of targeted and accessible services. 

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      This report is not ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      Housing and Public Protection.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Leah Harris - Environmental Health Officer - Tel. 01446 709137

Officers Consulted

Senior Accountancy Technician, Finance

Principal Lawyer, Legal Services

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

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