Fabian Commission publishes food poverty report after Sheffield hearing

Posted on October 28, 2015 in News, Policy by . Share this article

Hungry-for-Change-web-27The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, which held one of five evidence hearings at the University of Sheffield in January, has today (Wednesday 28 October) published it’s final report and recommendations.

Read the report

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures hosted the Fabian Commission’s fourth hearing, along with the University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography and the Research Exchange for the Social Sciences.

Testimony from experts who spoke at the hearings has informed today’s report, which also draws from the experiences of people currently experiencing food poverty in the UK.

In publishing the report on the Fabian Society website, its author Cameron Tait wrote:

“There are multiple cases of parents – usually mothers  – going hungry to feed their children or having to prioritise calories over nutrients to afford their weekly food shop. Many people are feeling a deep sense of anxiety from the struggle to manage serious squeezes in household budgets that arises from the cost of living rising faster than income.

“The Commission defines this state of living as ‘household food insecurity’: the inability to acquire or consume an adequate quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so. But a lack of official measurement means nobody can be clear how many people are affected by household food insecurity in the UK.

“Reducing and eventually ending household food insecurity needs an active approach from government to tackle its structural drivers, and the Commission have produced a 14 point plan for how the government can create a food system that works for people on and near the breadline.”

The Commission’s recommendations include a pilot tax on sugary drinks, a review of advertising codes and new systems for local authorities.

See also

Hungry for Change: The final report of the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty
Fabian Commission hearing was food for sustainable thought by Grantham Scholar James Thackery
The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty