The fact is that their resources have, and still are being severely cut back with vacancies not being filled and early retirement being offered to many.
There has been some cushioning in the form of additional funding for those authorities that have anything to do with the Olympics or the adoption of the food hygiene rating scheme, but after 2012 it will be interesting to see the longer term situation.
During the two sessions I talked to them about the purpose of NCASS and what we could do to make their life a little simpler as well as give them an insight as to the potential issues the industry and the enforcement authorities are going to face with the current trends on street food, guerrilla dining and pop up restaurants.
Whilst there I also listened to a talk by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health on the Olympics, apparently there are going to be 14 million meals consumed over the 4 week period encompassing the Olympics and Paralympics which will make it the biggest feeding event ever recorded. Having said that the logistics are mind boggling and to say that the caterers are going to have to jump through hoops is somewhat of an understatement. It’s going to be very interesting to see just how much money the caterers make after been locked in for over 6 weeks. If you are involved or trading at the olympics we'd love to hear your thoughts