Shocking figures released by End Hunger UK today gives us a glimpse of the extent of hidden hunger in the UK. Government should continue to measure food poverty, to provide transparency into the issue of hidden hunger.
16% of adults either skipping or seeing someone in their household skipping meals
14% worrying about not having enough food to eat, and 8% going a whole day without eating because of lack of money in the last 12 months.
People are seeing higher food bills, with 59% of adults seeing their groceries costing more in the last three months compared with the same period before.
BREXIT WILL MAKE MATTERS WORSE
A United Nations special investigator is launching a two-week inquiry into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK, saying he hopes the government is ready for proper dialogue over the human consequences of austerity cuts.
With almost all studies showing that the UK economy will be worse off following Brexit, due to be triggered at the end of March, the Government is treating the risks for the 14 million people currently living in poverty as “an afterthought”, said Mr. Alston: “in the fifth richest country in the world, this is not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one.”
"In the fifth richest country in the world, this is not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one" Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Four million of those affected are more than 50 percent below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, which means that they are unable to afford basic essentials.
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FOOD BANKS DONT OFFER FRESH FOOD
Urban areas are difficult for someone who wants to maintain a fresh diet. The main reason is money: fresh vegetables and fruits are expensive, because the produce has to be shipped and you end up paying for the delivery cost more than for the quality of the product itself.
However, a study of 70 independent food banks handed to The Independent found many struggling to store and distribute fresh produce, forcing suppliers to only hand out dried, tinned or powdered produce.
The conservative government, worried about a ‘culture of dependency’ on food banks, have implemented a referral system, whereby claimants first have to book an appointment with a GP and get a voucher before being approved. This is essentially the opposite of what is known as UX, a term in technology which is used to described the simplicity and ease of a process so that the customer can get to their end goal as quickly as possible. Instead government are deliberately making this process painful, long, complicated and frustrating. On top of that they are wasting NHS doctors precious time.