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The latest updates from the #EndHungerUK team

If we measure it we can mend it: Campaign update

November 15, 2018

We are calling on the government to count the number of people who worry about where their next meal is coming from, or who cannot afford to eat. This level of ‘household food insecurity’ is currently unknown – but could easily be measured, using pre-existing survey questions developed by the United Nations or the United States. Once we know the level of household food insecurity, we can begin to address the causes. You can find out more about the campaign on our dedicated campaign pages.

Household Food Insecurity Private Members Bill

Tim Farron MP attending the Behind Closed Doors exhibition in London. Mashed potato image  ©James Lane and Huw Nicholls 2018

We have been working with Emma Lewell-Buck MP to promote her Private Members’ Bill on the need to measure household food insecurity. If passed this Bill would instruct the government to count those people who worry about being able to afford food, or who cannot afford food, across the whole of the UK.

Emma Lewell-Buck MP has been working to get the support of a number of external partners to support the Bill. For example, several education unions have publicly supported it because they recognise levels of food poverty in schools. This includes; the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, National Education Union, Association of School and College Leaders and the Association of Head Teachers.

The Bill also now has the support of over 150 MPs. Initially it was scheduled to be heard at the end of October, However, this date was changed to the 23rd of November. Sadly, it looks as if the bill may not be heard on this date either, as there are many in front of it. But it may be that the bill is moved again. We need to ensure the government understand the need for measurement and support what we are calling for in order to ensure the bill is successful. End Hunger UK will continue to work with Emma Lewell-Buck to ensure that this happens.

Behind Closed Doors Exhibition

A picture which featured in the Behind Closed Doors exhibition. An example of a meal someone in food poverty eats.
©James Lane and Huw Nicholls 2018

Over the summer, we took an exhibition highlighting food poverty in the UK to several places including Bristol, Chester, Cardiff, Carlisle and London. The exhibition highlighted that we do not know how many people live in food poverty because many people try and deal with their situation ‘Behind Closed Doors’, and food bank statistics are only part of the picture.

The exhibition also featured poems from the young people who won the End Hunger UK and Poetry Society’s ‘Poetry to End Hunger’ competition.

Those attending the exhibition were asked to sign postcards to their MP calling on them to support Emma Lewell-Buck’s Private Members Bill. As a result, 63 MPs who had not signed up to support the bill received postcards.

Measuring household food insecurity and the Sustainable Development Goals

The UK has signed up to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 2 calls for Zero Hunger, and by signing up to this the government should also be measuring levels of household food poverty in the UK. End Hunger UK submitted written and verbal evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee, a body which examines how the government’s policies and programmes are impacting the environment and sustainable development. We reminded the government of the need to measure household food insecurity in our testimony.

Campaign Victory!

Our campaign has achieved a huge victory. We have heard, via a letter from the Prime Minister’s office to Emma Lewell-Buck MP, that the government will be measuring the level of household food insecurity for 2018. The letter says:

‘I can…confirm that the relevant United States Department of Agriculture Household Food Security questions will be included in the next wave of the Food Standards Agency’s “Food and You” survey which will be published in the spring of 2019”.

You can read the full letter on Emma Lewell-Buck MP’s Twitter page.

Whilst this is excellent news, there is still more to be done – as the government have not committed to continuing with the survey past 2018. We need to keep campaigning to ensure that household food insecurity is both measured and monitored every year.

What is next? What can you do?

We will continue to call on the government to support Emma Lewell-Buck’s Private Members’ Bill.

Visit the exhibition:

We have one final showing of the exhibition in London before the second reading of the Private Members’ Bill. Details are:

  • 23rd November 9am to 5pm; Behind Closed Doors Exhibition, Greater London Authority building, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. In the ‘Map Area’ which you can access via the main entrance. No need to register for tickets, you can just turn up throughout the day.

Take action:

If you haven’t done so already please email your MP and ask them to support the Private Members Bill.

If you have already emailed you can always contact them via Twitter too.

 

 

 

Universal Credit: six claimants show just why and how it must be fixed

October 13, 2018

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Glen’s Story: Universal Credit in Rotherham

August 21, 2018

As part of our campaign to fix universal credit, End Hunger UK are highlighting stories from the front line of our benefit’s system. One of the measures we call for is better training and flexibility for Jobcentre staff. Like many people, Glen from Rotherham has suffered and hasn’t found the system supportive. You can sign our petition to fix universal credit here.

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The Women’s Institute add their voice to calls to measure food insecurity

July 23, 2018

On behalf of the 220,000 members of Women’s Institutes across the UK, the chair of the National Federation of Woman’s Institutes has written to the Prime Minister, calling on her to start measuring food poverty in the UK.

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John, Diane and Karen: How we fell into the hunger trap

May 31, 2018

What traps people in food poverty and what can unlock it? We hear from 3 people with personal experience
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Foodbank figures show the impact of welfare cuts

April 27, 2018

This week the Trussell Trust released their annual foodbank use statistics, showing the largest rise in foodbank use we have seen. This is particularly concerning when we look at areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out. End Hunger UK Partner The Trussell Trust’s Garry Lemon writes more.

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Asking the government to listen from an inner city foodbank

November 24, 2017

Tara Osman was until recently was manager of the North Paddington Foodbank, she has recently co-written and directed the play ‘Foodbank As It Is’ which seeks to raise awareness of foodbank use. She has written about the realities of running a foodbank in the inner city and why she believes the government should be doing more to find out the nature of food insecurity.

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The story of volunteers filling the holiday hunger gap

November 13, 2017

UK food poverty has reached unprecedented levels and volunteers have played a role in filling the gap.  Stephanie Denning, a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol, is working to understand what drives volunteers.

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2017 conference review

October 24, 2017

THE End Hunger UK campaign took a big leap forward on 17 October, when activists and experts gathered to share stories, ideas and expertise. End Hunger UK Press Officer Gavin Aitchison writes about what happened on the day.

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End Hunger UK: building a movement

October 24, 2017

End Hunger UK Campaign Manager Josh Fenton-Glynn writes about the next steps in the End Hunger Campaign.

Following the End Hunger UK conference, we want to continue to build the End Hunger movement across the country.  Together we can build a campaign that will result in policy action to tackle hunger. Here is what you can do.

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