The second reading of Emma Lewell Buck MP's household food insecurity measurement bill has been postponed to October due to time constraints.
Despite our evidence that 1 in 4 parents are skipping meals because they can’t afford to eat, Emma Lewell-Buck’s MP private member’s bill to create a measurement of household food insecurity was not read on Friday the 2nd of February due to time constraints. Instead the bill will now be read on the 26th October.
There are now over 100 cross-party MPs calling for this measurement and we can use these few months unitl the second reading of the bill to gather even more support.
What can you do?
Why is it important?
Measuring food insecurity is important because if we can measure it we can work towards mending it.
Currently the UK data on food insecurity is either out of date, was only for one year so does not allow any comparison, or uses too small a sample size. Measuring household food insecurity is a tangible and realistic goal that is already being done in a number of other countries. The Scottish Government has already committed to measure household food insecurity, and the USA and Canada both regularly measure household food insecurity and have been doing so for years.
If you want to read more about why measuring household food insecurity is important, Sustain along with the University of Oxford, and the Food Foundation have published a report outlining four key facts you should know about why we should do it. This report is available online here.
Food Poverty: Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.
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