MPs call for appointment of Minister for Hunger to tackle malnutrition 'scandal' in UK


Thursday, January 10, 2019

MPs have demanded a "Minister for Hunger" be appointed by the government to tackle the "scandal" of hunger and malnutrition in the UK.

The group of politicians from the Environmental Audit Committee said they were "concerned" issues like food insecurity had "fallen between the cracks".

A new report released by the Committee revealed that nearly one in five children under 15 were living in a home where there was limited access to food.



Committtee chair, Labour MP Mary Creagh, said: "Instead of seeing hunger as an issue abroad, the government's New Year resolution should be one of taking urgent action at home to tackle hunger and malnutrition.

"This can only be addressed by setting clear UK-wide targets and by appointing a Minister for Hunger to deliver them."

Mary Creagh MP. Image: Getty

The report, titled Hunger, warned there was a "doughnut-shaped hole" in domestic attempts to meet a United Nations-set goal of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Ms Creagh added: "The combination of high living costs, stagnating wages and, often, the rollout of Universal Credit and the wider benefits system, means that levels of hunger in Britain are some of the highest across Europe."