Brackley one step closer to Fairtrade status

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Brackley is to become a Fairtrade town following a resolution by Brackley Town Council last week.

Councillor Kath Bonner-Dunham has now been appointed the council’s representative on the Brackley Fairtrade steering group.

Mrs Bonner-Dunham said in order for a Brackley to be declared a Fairtrade town the local authority must pass an official resolution to support the movement.

She said it ensures a fair deal for traders in developing countries and added: “I did try to get the town council to support it a number of years ago but I was out voted.

“But I was very mindful that without the support of the town council they could not take it to the next level, especially when it doesn’t cost us anything and there are a number of retailers selling fairtrade products already.”

The council has promised to used fair trade tea and coffee during its meetings and will support the work of the steering group in encouraging retailers to provide fairtrade goods.

Mike Barlow from the steering group said: “To me it enhances the quality of the town, and I also believe as a Christian country it’s the right thing to do.”

Fairtrade campaigns for better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices it gives farmers more control over their lives.