We’re happy to live where we live. It’s a great wee one shop village just off the motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. A quite place, right in the middle of the country.
Our nearest big town is Livingston, West Lothian. It has a lot of shops – which means we have a booming economy, which is great, except I often think the whole world must shop in Livingston sometimes – where does all the money come from and where does all the stuff go?
Anyway – West Lothian Council recently won the UK Council of the Year accolade, which is something to be proud of by all accounts (the only Scottish Council to ever be nominated!) and they tell their story in the latest issue of their great wee newspaper that keeps everyone up to date about their achievements and what’s going on in the region.
There was some additional news on the front page, which I was really very pleased to read – Livingston has just been awarded Fairtrade town status! To meet the standard the council had to approve a resolution supporting Livingston’s bid – a range of Fairtrade products had to be readily available in shops, cafes and restaurants and Fairtrade products had to be used by local workplaces and community organisations.
I often work in Livingston, and yes – shop there too. I don’t frequent the full range of shops, cafes and restaurants by any means, but I am certainly surprised that Livingston has qualified for Fairtrade status. Fairtrade is available – but its certainly not prevalent. I do hope this Award stimulates interest in the issue and builds a Fairtrade momentum I will gladly support.
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