Funding Futerra; Funding RE:Fashion awards

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

What budgets have been paid to Futerra Sustainability Communications each financial year since 2004/5?

What papers account for spending on RE:Fashion awards in the early part of 2008/9, which was sponsored via Futerra?

regards,
John Robertson

notes:
http://www.refashionawards.org/ is the refashion awards web site, stating that it was sponsored by Futerra.

The public interest, in releasing this information, I think, is that the awards appear designed to discourage UK manufacturing. They promote a trade association which is not open to UK manufacturers, and present a certain view of history on their "The Issues" page which claims that mass clothing imports democratised fashion after a period when people in the UK made their own clothes. The awards' technique of enlisting a group of pundits and partner agencies follows the pattern of other pieces of Futerra work that I think also undermine UK manfacturing.

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John Robertson left an annotation ()

https://facebook.com/planB4fashion - Might interest people who are interested in this request

T and T, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Robertson

Please find attached letter regarding your Freedom of Information request
below.

<<RFI 5740.pdf>>

Regards.

DEFRA T&T Team

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Dear T and T,

What amounts of money were paid
-by Defra
-to Futerra Sustainability Commmunications
-each financial year since 2004/5?

Futerra is a regular contractor to Defra and other government departments.

I understand that one of these payments included money towards something called the RE:Fashion awards, which promoted environmental sustainability in fashion. If so, please provide any specific documents that show money spent on those awards and the purpose of spending.

regards,
John Robertson

T and T, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Robertson

Please find attached acknowledgement letter for your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards.

Defra Finance
Transactions and Technical Team

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T and T, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Robertson

Please find attached response to your recent Freedom of Information Request.

Kind regards.

Alison Darley
Defra Finance T&T Team

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John Robertson left an annotation ()

The total amounts paid by DEFRA to Futerra Sustainability Communications by year are shown in the table below [for a request starting 2004-5]

04/05 £165,406
05/06 £171,396
07/08 £ 44,865
08/09 £ 3,049
09/10 £ 19,270
10/11 £ 0
11/12 £ 0
12/13 £ 0 (checked till July)

Based ion the information in ouf financial systems, we cannot find any transaction that indicate Defra made a payment to Duterra in respect of the RE:Fashion awards. It is possible that there was such a payment. However, if there was, it was not readily identifiable without reference to individual invoices.

John Robertson left an annotation ()

Background:
Futerra had a very good year for government business in 2005 earning £165,000 from Defra alone. Defra had a joint project with the Departmant for International Development (Dfid) for joint working on clothing.

http://veganline.com/fair-fashion.htm lists some of the background to groups of people getting together in offices meant for knowledge transfer partnerships between a footwear / fashion technical college and business to reduce unemployment. Instead they concentrated on promoting clothes imports from badly-run countries such as Bangladesh. Rana Plaza comes to mind.

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