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Hungry BritainThe Rise of Food Charity$
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Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328285

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328285.001.0001

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Food charity and the changing welfare state

Food charity and the changing welfare state

(p.113) Seven Food charity and the changing welfare state
Hungry Britain

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Policy Press

Chapter 7 looks at the role of the state and examines the changing nature of the UK welfare state and the impact these changes are having on the need for and shape of emergency food provision. The chapter argues that social security and on-going reforms to it are impacting on need for emergency food in two key ways: through changes to the levels of entitlement; and problematic administrative processes. Furthermore, the consequences of welfare reforms are impacting on the nature of these systems. As the level of need is driven up, projects are re-considering their operations, contemplating logistics and means of protecting projects’ access to food. At a local level, particular reforms appear to be embedding local welfare systems which increasingly incorporate local food projects.The question of the state as duty bearer is discussed. By right to food standards the welfare state can be considered a vital aspect to both fulfilling and protecting people’s right; but the state’s role is much broader, encompassing action in relation to labour markets, commercial food markets and other spheres where it could exercise influence to respect and protect people’s human right.

Keywords:   Right to food, social protection, welfare state, welfare reform, food crisis

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