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Social policy review 27Analysis and debate in social policy, 2015$
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Zoë Irving, Zoë Irving, Menno Fenger, and John Hudson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322771

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322771.001.0001

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Britain’s hunger crisis

Britain’s hunger crisis

where’s the social policy?

(p.13) One Britain’s hunger crisis
Social policy review 27

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Policy Press

This chapter presents a case for rethinking hunger (conceptualised here as ‘food poverty’) in the current welfare state and the role social policy analysis and research could play. The chapter explores what food poverty is in the UK and how it has changed since the financial crisis of the mid-2000s, presenting evidence which indicates that the situation has worsened in recent years as a result of incomes lagging behind rises in costs of living. In the face of rising food poverty, the chapter argues that the historic and on-going lack of policy ownership of food poverty is an urgent concern. The response of food banks to rising levels of food poverty is discussed along with the ways in which this non-state response is a consequence of a historical trajectory of welfare diversification and retrenchment in the UK. The chapter ends by looking at progressive ways forward in the face of rising food poverty and charity responses with an emphasis on human-rights based approaches.

Keywords:   food poverty, food insecurity, charity, food banks, retrenchment, welfare state, human rights

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