Open letter calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to act on food poverty in the UK
Public health specialists, including City University London's Professor Tim Lang, have today (1st May) called on the Prime Minister David Cameron to take action on nutrition and hunger in the UK.
The call comes in a letter published in the Lancet which has been signed by 170 members, Fellows and spokespeople from the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH). FPH is the professional home for public health specialists: some are qualified as doctors and others have worked in other roles before training in public health. The signatories are from across the UK as well as overseas.
Professor Tim Lang, who drafted the letter, said: "There is a worrying gap in health circumstances and outcomes between rich and poor people in the UK. Complex though the reasons for this inequality are, the reality is that many hardworking families in the UK are living in poverty and do not have enough income for a decent diet.
"We urge the Government to set up an independent working group to monitor nutrition and hunger in the UK. We also ask them to act on the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty's parliamentary inquiry, which will improve peoples' health when published."