A National Audit Office report into last year's foot-and-mouth epidemic has warned government departments to involv...
A National Audit Office report into last year's foot-and-mouth epidemic has warned government departments to involve councils and other stakeholders in contingency planning for future outbreaks.
The report, which examines the performance of the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, says: 'Any strategy for dealing with the disease and its wider impact depends for its success on the active co-operation of those closely affected.'
This had not been done in preparing the plan and arrangements used last year, the watchdog said.
The report says that while MAFF began liaising with other government departments, agencies and councils 'from day one of the outbreak', some bodies believed they could have been more directly involved earlier than they were.