SPERI’s new Research Fellow Hannah Lambie-Mumford gave a keynote address at Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) welfare rights conference yesterday. Her talk on ‘food, poverty and the rise of food banks’ opened the day-long conference where delegates from across the north of England came together to discuss issues affecting families at risk of debt or facing destitution.
In her speech Hannah drew on her recent ESRC-funded research on emergency food provision in the UK to discuss the ways in which rising cost of living and recent reforms to the welfare state are impacting on rising need for charity food. Looking forward on the basis of the research, Hannah highlighted the importance of systematic measures of food poverty in the UK to provide a clearer picture of who is affected, where and how and the need to look at promoting income adequacy and security to help prevent food poverty.
Link to the conference: http://www.cpag.org.uk/welfare-rights-conference
Hannah is the author of SPERI Brief N0. 4: Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK [PDF 331KB] published earlier this year.