Protect Models or Lose [Pounds Sterling]4m, Fashion Week Told; in the Spotlight: Lily Cole at London Fashion Week. Ken Livingstone Is Putting Pressure on the Industry to Do More to Protect Models
Byline: PIPPA CRERAR
LONDON FASHION WEEK could lose almost [pounds sterling]4.3 million in funding from KenLivingstone unless it agrees to do more to help discourage the use ofultra-skinny models, it emerged today.
The British Fashion Council, which runs the event, could lose its grant unlessit brings in recommendations made by the Model Health Inquiry, set up to tacklethe problem of "size-zero" models.
The inquiry called for compulsory medical certificates for models, random drugtesting and criminal record checks on agencies working with under-16s.
The London Development Agency has agreed [pounds sterling]4.28 million for the fashion industryover the next three years.
But the Mayor revealed the deal will have a "break clause" forcing the BritishFashion Council to meet a series of milestones, not yet agreed, if it is tokeep the cash. In a written answer to Dee Doocey, a Liberal Democrat LondonAssembly member, the Mayor said: "Terms are being discussed with the fashioncouncil.
"LDA lawyers have written into the grant agreement a break clause should theBFC not clearly make its best efforts to implement the recommendations of theModel Health Inquiry. …