The rise in food poverty in England has “the government’s fingerprints all over it” claims NGO Human Rights Watch after analysing how welfare cuts have left tens of thousands of poor families going hungry.
The group has asked ministers to publicly announce that it accepts right to food as a basic human right as well as acknowledging their duty to protect Brits from going hungry.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) representatives headed to three areas with high deprivation in Hull, Cambridgeshire and Oxford to quiz struggling families, foodbank users and staff as well as schools to investigate food poverty.
The UK has the 5th largest economy in the world. But food bank use has soared 50 times over the last decade. The government's welfare cuts are leaving people hungry. https://t.co/6GB6EQzL2o#Right2Foodpic.twitter.com/Mu7ITMEbgy
— Kartik Raj (@Kartik__Raj) May 20, 2019
They found that welfare cuts coupled with the troubled introduction of Universal Credit was leaving families without food and forced to turn to foodbanks and food aid charities.
In their final report, entitled “Nothing Left in the Cupboards: Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK”, HRW found that successive government since 2010 have cut welfare assistance to children and families by 44 per cent.