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Food bank Britain, Food poverty in Europe

Laurie Taylor discusses a study into emergency food provision in the north east of England. Also, food poverty in Europe.

Hunger pains: Life inside foodbank Britain. Kayleigh Garthwaite, Leverhulme Trust funded researcher in the Centre for Health and Inequalities Research , Durham University, interviewed hundreds of people who depend on emergency food provision, one of the most controversial by products of the UK government's 'austerity' programme. Critics of these economic policies claim that food poverty has now become a major issue for many citizens - Trussell Trust foodbank use is at a record high with over one million three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis in 2015/16.
Beyond the statistics, the study focuses on the experience and feelings of users of foodbanks, as well as the volunteers. Stewart Lansley, Economist and visiting fellow at the School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol, joins the discussion, providing a historical perspective on hunger in Britain.

Also, food poverty in Europe. Owen Davis, Doctoral Candidate in Social Policy at the University of Kent, places hunger in Britain in a wider context. How do we compare to other countries?
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Owen Davis at the University of Kent 

Kayleigh Garthwaite at Durham University

Stewart Lansley at the University of Bristol 


Kayleigh Garthwaite, Hunger Pains: Life inside Foodbank Britain, (Policy Press, 2016)

Owen Davis and Ben Baumberg Geiger, Did Food Insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 Crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes, (published in the journal of Social Policy and Society, May 2016)

Stewart Lansley, A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds Can Reduce Inequality and Balance the Books, (Policy Press, 2016)


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