Council vegan catering options

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information:

With regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty, does your decision-making regarding the provision of food take into account the fact that veganism is a protected characteristic for the purpose of the Equality Act 2010? Yes/No

How many vegan hot and cold meal options do you offer:

In your own local authority canteen every day (if you have one)? 0, 1, 2, 3 or more. Please also express this as a proportion of the overall number of options offered. 

In external events catering (if applicable)? Eg: 0, 1, 2, 3 or more.
Please also express this as a proportion of the overall number of options offered.  

Is a requirement for providing vegan hot and cold meal options included within the catering procurement contracts you issue for other catering provision for which you are responsible including schools, leisure centres, care homes, libraries, and any other public buildings?  Yes/No

Has your organisation taken any action to reduce meat and dairy consumption in order to meet environmental goals?

·        If yes, please detail what actions have been taken, e.g. 100% or 50% plant-based food options offered.

·        If no, do you have ambitions to take action in this area, eg through setting meat reduction targets? Yes/no, if yes please detail what ambitions you have set out.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email address]  should any aspect of my request require clarification.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Huntley

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours faithfully.

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Contact by email

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Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Huntley

Request for Information


I refer again to your e-mail of 5 April 2023 seeking information in
relation to vegan catering options.


Having investigated, my response to your eight enquiries is as follows:-


(1)               Yes.


(2)               For North Lanarkshire Council cafes, menus are on display and
meals suitable for vegans are indicated by (VE).  We currently have more than
four items clearly marked, all requests are made to order on site.  All of our
home baking range is vegan friendly with the exception of one item. 


(3)               External event menus are 25% vegan friendly.  However, this is
solely up to the customer requesting the event and the choice of options they
are paying for.


(4)               Yes, North Lanarkshire Council procure food through the local
authority buying consortium called Scotland Excel.  Many of the frameworks
include vegan products however this is not a separate lot. 


(5)               No.


(6)               Not applicable.


(7)               No.  North Lanarkshire Council comply with the Food and Drink
in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 which dictates the maximum amount of red
and red processed meat in a week for school meals.  There are no plans to
decrease this further.


(8)               Not applicable.


I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic), Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic).


I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-


Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]


Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -




I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.


Yours sincerely


Angelene Kirkpatrick

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street




Working from home

Please contact via email





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