Funding Futerra; Funding RE:Fashion awards
John Robertson made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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?
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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Dear Mr Robertson
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DEFRA T&T Team
Dear T and T,
What amounts of money were paid
-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.
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