Food Bank Britain: who is responsible?

 

Amid the politics of austerity, the state is relinquishing its responsibility for preventing hunger.

  1. Being food secure means being sure of your ability to secure, at all times, enough food of sufficient quality and quantity to allow you to stay healthy and participate in society.
  2. The rise from the 61,468 food parcels which were given out by the Trussell Trust  in 2010/11 to 1.1 million people in 2015-2016 does not reflect the number of people living with insufficient food in the UK today:
  3. Food security figures released in the last week of March by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) show that 13 per cent of UK adults are only marginally food secure and that 8 per cent have low or very low food security.
  4. In deprived areas, such as Bradford, we have found that 14 per cent of women with young children cannot afford to put food on the table.
  5. Reduced entitlement, increased conditionality and the restructuring of and reduction in state-provided crisis support have pushed people to seek emergency help with food.
  6. Difficulties include inappropriate sanctioning decisions, errors made in declaring people on Employment Support Allowance fit for work and, more generally, ineffective administration of welfare payments.
  7. The survey of GPs has only been conducted for two years. 16 per centsaid they had been asked to refer patients to a food bank in the first year and 22 per cent in the second year.
  8. 7366 people were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year, compared with 4,883 cases in the same period from 2010 to 2011 – a rise of more than 50 per cent in just four years.’

Madeleine Power,  Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett:

University of York and Equality Trust

Thios is part of a summary. To read the whole report go here: http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/news/food-bank-britain-amid

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