Comment relating to the Food Poverty Action Profile survey (Food Poverty write-up): Care and thought will need to go into the framing and design of the process in the first year; we can call upon the experience and learning of London in how they went about things but we’ll need to be sensitive to context and ensure all boroughs feel included and active participants in something positive, rather than yet another source of stress/shame at a time following the hollowing out of council capacity and resource over the past decade. Some of the actions that might be possible have indeed been hampered by national changes/cuts, and we need to be aware of those. My thinking is that there’d be an initial meeting with all boroughs ideally present, at which the project is presented, but which is also a chance for boroughs to share concerns and to feed back things we should know about constraints, or actions we might not have thought about. On which note, one thing that we’ve discussed is that there
might be another possible action point is for councils to insert a couple of questions that might gauge levels of food in/security into existing borough-wide surveys (the existence of such surveys could be something to gauge from that initial meeting).