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Government backs re-use

The following press releases were issued in December 2006

Over 200 delegates from 100 different UK wide organisations witnessed Government Minister for DEFRA, The Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, enter into a fascinating dialogue with the audience concerning re-use, a vital signal of the UK’s green credentials.

The Furniture Re-Use Network’s (FRN) 2006 Conference in Sutton Coldfield featured key note speeches from prominent individuals including the Government Minister who promised a number of measures to boost the funding for re-use organisations including investigation of financial benefits for councils working with re-use charities, a ministerial letter to local authorities not paying re-use credits and a review of recycling targets to include re-use.

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Guide to re-use launched

The following press release was issued in January 2007


A briefing paper for local authorities on how to set up a re-use credits system has been issued by LARAC, the FRN and WRAP.

Further to the Government-issued Guidance on re-use credits in April 2006, the briefing paper aims to simplify this and provide a practical guide for local authorities and their voluntary sector partners, mainly furniture re-use charities, to ensure that a credits system is properly set up.

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Children denied items

The following press release was issued in April 2007:

Children are denied basic household items -charity calls for Government initiative to tackle material deprivation

Government research into Child poverty in the UK shows that large proportions of the poorest households can not afford basic items such as electrical appliances and decent furniture.  In total 4 million children are deprived of decent furniture and 3 million of working electrical appliances. This builds upon the UNICEF study earlier in the year showing British children to be the most deprived in the western world.

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Re-use Counts

The following press release was issued on 25th May 2007:

 Charity body welcomes waste strategy for England

The Furniture Re-use Network has warmly welcomed the Government’s new Waste Strategy for England.  The top objective states that the Government will “put more emphasis on waste prevention and re-use”.

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