Right to food ‘could be enshrined into Scots law’

The government of Scotland is thinking of mentioning the food right into the Scottish law.


It became one of the thoughts of the government after they have read this year’s report published by the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty.

The organizations states that even though enshrining will not put an end to food insecurity often seen in nowadays life of certain society groups of Scots. Yet, it will make the government and other organizations obliged to provide everybody with the access to normal affordable food.

The report stated that by enshrining the food right the government of Scotland would be checked on how well does it implement the official policies. It would also show whether they share resources at their full, limited only by their powers.

Other things mentioned in the report were a system of measuring food security in the country, and a call for the British government. The call included asking for help to reduce the sanctions risk and delays in providing benefits. The Trussell Trust charity has reported a rise in the use of food banks in recent years, with benefits problems identified as the most significant reason for the increase.

The working group was set up by Scottish ministers in October last year to examine food insecurity and poverty.

Angela Constance, equalities secretary, said: “We have been very clear. No one should have to rely on emergency food provision in a country as prosperous as Scotland. Food poverty is a symptom of wider poverty, and the UK government’s harmful welfare cuts and benefit sanctions regime has clearly pushed more and more people into an income crisis, increasing the demand for emergency food.

“We want to create a sustainable solution to tackling food poverty across Scotland, and therefore I am committed to exploring a range of options, including looking into potentially enshrining the right to food into Scots law.”