Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK Common Statement on 17th April 2014

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A broad range of Just Fair Consortium members, including Trussell Trust, Fareshare, End Hunger Fast, CPAG, Church Action on Poverty, Trade Union Congress and Disability Rights UK, have endorsed a common statement of conclusions and recommendations from the Just Fair Consortium “Going Hungry? The Human Right to Food in the UK” monitoring report.

(See full list of organisations below)

According to the Common Statement:

“Welfare reforms, benefit delays and the cost of living crisis have pushed an unprecedented number of people into a state of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the UK. In recent years one of the world’s richest countries has witnessed a massive increase in the number of people seeking emergency food aid from food-banks and being admitted to hospital for illnesses related to malnutrition.

The Trussell Trust has confirmed today that 913,138 people received a minimum of three days emergency food its foodbanks in 2013-14, compared to 346,992 in 2012-13 and up from 26,000 in 2008-09.

It is our opinion that the UK has violated the human right to food and breached international law. This state of affairs is both avoidable and unnecessary. We call on the Government to take immediate action to ensure that the no one in the UK is denied their most basic right to sufficient and adequate food.”

The following Consortium members have endorsed the common statement: Trussell Trust, Crisis, Fareshare, End Hunger Fast campaign, Unison, Trade Union Congress, PCS Union, Refugee council, Church Action on Poverty, Child Poverty Action Group, Disability Rights UK, Luton Foodbank, Disabled People Against Cuts, Children’s Rights Alliance England, FIAN UK Group, Centre for Welfare Reform, Campaign for a Fair Society, Eaves, Zaccheus Trust 2000, Housing Justice, The Pavement, Black Environment Network, Centre for Secular Space, ATD Fourth World, Compass.

Please click here to view the full report.

The report and common statement have received significant press coverage:

The Independent: The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame

Daily Mirror: Britain’s hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy

Huffington Post: One Million Brits Now Using Food Banks, Charities Say UK Has Violated ‘Human Right To Food’

ITV News, Charities claim thousands without easy access to food

We are extremely grateful to the organisations that provide funding for our vital monitoring and advocacy work: Barrow Cadbury Trust, Clifford Chance Foundation, Henry Tinsley Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Network for Social Change.

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