On Wednesday 20th January Liverpool City Council voted unanimously in favour of #RightToFood becoming a law and are backing calls for the government to be legally responsible to help anyone going hungry.
A UK Government and Parliament petition has been created by Liverpool’s David Kelly to make access to food a legal right.
Never are the words truer said that no one in the UK should go hungry, with the petition calling for the “Right to Food” into UK law which would make the Government legally responsible to help anyone in our communities who in going hungry, to take action to prevent barriers in accessing food and to take steps to tackle the crisis of food insecurity in the UK which is affecting 10 million people.
The petition states – We currently lack a legal mechanism for enforcing the basic right to food. Legislation enshrining this right would set out tasks and responsibilities for the wide range of public bodies that would need to take action to ensure everyone has access to essential foodstuffs. This could include requiring measures to improve people’s incomes (such as requiring a Living Wage), control everyday costs (such as utility bills), and improve access to good food (such as free school meals).
The government respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures; at 100,000 signatures the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.
To sign the ‘Right to Food’ petition please click here > Make access to food a legal right – no one in the UK should go hungry – Petitions (parliament.uk)