Make access to food a legal right - no one in the UK should go hungry

Make access to food a legal right - no one in the UK should go hungry

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We call on the Prime Minister to put the Right to Food into UK law. This would make the Government legally responsible to help anyone in our communities who is going hungry, to take action to prevent barriers in accessing food and to take steps to tackle the crisis of food insecurity in the UK, which currently affects 11 million people.

We currently lack a legal mechanism for enforcing the basic right to food. Enshrining the Right To Food into UK law would clarify Government obligations on food poverty and would introduce legal avenues to hold Government bodies accountable for violations. This could include requiring measures to improve people’s incomes (such as when setting the minimum wage and social security levels), controlling everyday costs (such as utility bills), and improving access to good food (such as universal free school meals).

A crisis of food poverty has been born out of political choices and systemic failings over the past four decades and this has now reached a tipping point. The use of foodbanks is at a record high and there is growing concern amongst health and care professionals at the likely exacerbation of poverty figures through the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In early 2022 the Government is due to publish a White Paper in response to the National Food Strategy; which reported in July 2021 and was the first independent review of England’s entire food system for 75 years. The Right To Food campaign believes that the 11 million people currently living in food poverty must be central to the response from Government.

We the undersigned call on Boris Johnson to include the Right To Food in the forthcoming White Paper to be published in response to the National Food Strategy recommendations.

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