Food poverty


The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a report on food poverty in families with children in the UK. Findings include: The Trussell Trust foodbanks gave out 1.33 million emergency three-day supplies of food in the calendar year 2017/18 compared to slightly under 26,000 in 2008/09; public expenditure on welfare for families and children has been cut by about 44% of pre-2010 expenditures; and in a some young mothers expressed a fear that they may lose custody of their children because benefit cuts mean they cannot support them. Recommendations include: the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should abolish the two-child limit policy; and the Treasury should adopt policies to ensure welfare benefits aren’t eroded by inflation and rising living costs.

Source: HRW  Date: 20 May 2019

Further information: Nothing left in the cupboards: austerity, welfare cuts, and the right to food in the UK