From April 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be including the 10 adult questions from the US government’s survey on household food insecurity into the UK Family Resources Survey.
The Food Foundation think tank and End Hunger UK campaign are among other leading voices who have been calling for the urgent introduction of such a measure for several years.
Anna Taylor, executive director of the Food Foundation, said: “We’ve known for too long now that a disturbing number of people in the UK don’t have access to enough nutritious food, but our knowledge has been too patchy to identify real solutions. In the fifth richest economy in the world, that’s a social justice disaster. But this new national measurement of food insecurity is a massive step forward, and will provide essential foundations for the response we so urgently need. A problem we understand is a problem we can solve: now we’ll have the information we need to act.”
The annual survey of 20,000 households will gather data over the course of a year and report it a year later. Food insecurity measurement data will begin in April and be reported in April 2021.