Feeding Britain: some reactions to the report and the launch

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty completed their inquiry and published their report, Feeding Britain, today. We’ve been calling for this inquiry since May 2013, and we’re very pleased to see that its recommendations cover some of the things we’ve been talking about in our own work. Here are some quick reflections on the report, the launch, the media coverage, and the debate that it has sparked.

You can read Church Action on Poverty’s own response to the report here.

Researcher Jane Perry attended the Westminster launch of the report on our behalf. Here are some of her comments:

  • The Report presents a staggering 77 recommendations taken from analysis of a truly impressive range of evidence gathered across the Inquiry. The Evidence Review alone is a powerful and commanding document.
  • The Inquiry is also commendably cross-party – as Justin Welby put it in his introduction, the shocking scale of the challenges uncovered by the report cannot simply be a party-political issue.
  • However, many Inquiry members at the launch  fell into fairly well worn tracks which avoided talking about the giant benefits system elephant which was – or actually, more to the point, wasn’t – in the room. No DWP ministers or officials were present and the Government response barely made a mention of welfare issues.
  • How does the proposed Feeding Britain network [linking Government and voluntary sector responses to food poverty, and boosting food banks] fit alongside the concern of many, including those who run them, that food banks should not become an accepted part of welfare provision? What does the creation of a new entity mean for the roles and responsibilities of the Government departments involved?
  • Whilst food waste is undeniably a national scandal, will conflating the very separate issues of food waste and hunger actually draw attention away from the real need – to ensure we all have access to a credible, sustainable, reliable income which means we are able to feed ourselves?

Reading the report and some of the reactions, Church Action on Poverty staff at our HQ noted a few things too:


3 thoughts on “Feeding Britain: some reactions to the report and the launch

  1. An initiative to save the taxpayer money by merging the catering services for the House of Commons and House of Lords was rejected by peers because they feared the quality of champagne would suffer as a result.

    The Observer reports that Sir Malcolm Jack, who was clerk of the Commons between 2006 and 2011, made the claim as he gave evidence to a committee looking at how government should be run last week.

    The Lords feared that the quality of champagne would not be as good if they chose a joint service.

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