Good Food Nation Bill successType: News
Topic: Disability rights | Ecology and sustainability | Health | Policy and legislation
Published on: 20th June 2022
Having access to healthy and nutritious food has always been important to Camphill. Many Camphill communities have been growing their own food and running organic or bio-dynamic farms for decades.
We were therefore glad to support the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill which was passed last week by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will create links between food policy at the national and local levels, with government, local authorities and health boards all creating ‘good food nation plans’. In practical terms it may lead to easier and better access to local produce from farmers and better waste management.
The National Good Food Plan, which will be developed and implemented by the Scottish Ministers, and the Good Food Nation plans which will be developed and implemented by specific public bodies, will impact upon a wide variety of individuals, groups and communities across Scotland.
Camphill Scotland and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Scotland and Camphill Scotland were able to secure important changes to the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill during its Stage 3 proceedings. These Amendments will ensure that the Scottish Ministers and public bodies use inclusive communication when consulting on, and publishing, the National Good Food Nation Plan and the Good Food Nation plans respectively.
Placing duties on the Scottish Ministers and on relevant authorities to use inclusive communication, when consulting on, and publishing, the National Good Food Nation Plan and the Good Food Nation plans respectively, will help everyone, including those who experience communication disadvantage, to engage in the development and delivery of these plans.
Amendments tabled by Rachael Hamilton MSP, on behalf of the RCSLT and Camphill Scotland, focusing on inclusive communication, secured cross-party support, and were accepted by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP. The debate on the Amendments can be accessed at Columns 111 – 114 in the Scottish Parliament’s Official Report
Rachael Hamilton MSP’s Amendments Nos. 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 43 are consistent with duties to use inclusive communication introduced through amendments to the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, to the Consumer Scotland Act 2020 and to the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020. These amendments will ensure that the Good Food Nation (Scotland) legislation includes the same statutory definition of ‘inclusive communication’ as that used in these Acts.