We’re becoming desensitised to poverty in the UK – it’s time the government made food a basic right
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Independent in which she calls for the UK government to introduce a right to food. She argues that the use of food banks ought to be a source of national shame and parliamentary action.
The run-up to Christmas is often a time of overindulgence, with food taking centre place. However, many people, including those working and using food banks, are going to bed hungry.
One in six people in employment have used Trussell Trust food banks. Although we have not had the hunger marches of the 1920s and 1930s, the fact that the Trussell Trust network gave 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis during the last year, ought to be a source of national shame and parliamentary action.
Charity versus pride
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