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TOPIC: Needing a minister for hunger is a ‘scandal’ that should shame every Tory

Needing a minister for hunger is a ‘scandal’ that should shame every Tory 10 Jan 2019 15:10 #12763

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On 10 January, a Commons select committee report condemned the Conservative government’s failure to “recognise and respond to the issues of hunger, malnutrition and obesity in the UK”. Pointing to rising levels of food poverty – particularly for children – it made a damning recommendation. To appoint a minister for hunger to deal with the spiralling crisis of poverty in the UK.
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The report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) slams the UK’s “significant and growing” levels of food insecurity. This is defined as “limited access to food… due to lack of money or other resources”. It also found the UK has the worst levels of food insecurity in Europe, especially for children. One in five children in the UK (19%) are hungry.

Food poverty creates two devastating issues: “malnutrition and obesity”. Too many people can only afford the “very cheapest foods, which are often nutrient-poor but calorie-rich”. To resolve this issue, the cross-party report recommends that the government needs to appoint a minister for hunger.

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Needing a minister for hunger is a ‘scandal’ that should shame every Tory 10 Jan 2019 16:21 #12765

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Excellent, quite timely considering austerity is supposed to be officially over. It will be interesting to read any responses to this from said govt. but I won't hold my breath.

I think Minister for Third World Living Standards might sound more appropriate given the continuing global wealth of the UK whilst employers are condoned for paying peanuts wages. Then when they manage to improve things again they can change it to something more positive like Minister for Healthy Affordable Food & Drink.
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