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Dignity: Ending Hunger Together in Scotland - The Report of the Independendent Working Group on Food Poverty

Dignity: Ending Hunger Together in Scotland - The Report of the Independendent Working Group on Food Poverty

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ISBN: 9781786523204

The previous Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Alex Neil MSP, invited Martin Johnstone, Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, to chair an independent short life working group on food poverty to consider the issues and make recommendations to the Scottish Government on future actions. This is the Group's report.

Executive Summary

This report sets out evidence and recommendations from the first six months’ work of the Independent Working Group on Food Poverty.

The report falls into five broad sections:

We have to treat people in food insecurity with dignity as the core principle which runs through all potential solutions.

We have to understand the scale of the problem in order that we can address it more effectively.

We have to focus on how we prevent food insecurity and hunger from occurring in the first place.

We have to respond more effectively when people do fall into food insecurity and hunger.

We have to invest in creating more sustainable, longer-term and more life-enriching solutions to food insecurity.